Five men, including a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) MLA, have been arrested for assaulting the station master of Vikhroli railway station on Wednesday.
The MLA, Mangesh Sangle, is also a corporator from Vikhroli.
The police said the incident took place around 8pm when a group of men got into an altercation with a booking clerk, Sanjeev Patil, at the ticket window because of a delay in issuing tickets. The men allegedly smashed the booking counter window, following which the railway police caught one of the men; the others escaped.
According to the railway police, the men called up Sangle, who reached the station minutes after the incident with seven men and beat up station master, IA Khan, who had allegedly tried to intervene during the argument.
Khan said the delay was because an elderly woman was in queue before the group and wanted three monthly season tickets. “In his complaint, Khan said Sangle and his men beat him and Patil,” said Shivaji Dhumal, senior police inspector, Kurla railway police.
Agitated railway employees gathered outside the Kurla railway police office on Wednesday and threatened to stop work if Sangle was not arrested.
Sangle, who was arrested from his Navi Mumbai home on Thursday, said: “I got a call from a commuter saying he was hit by a drunk clerk, and that the station master was taking no action. I went and met the station master. He didn’t respond properly and wasn’t listening to passengers. Then, some commuters and party members got violent. I asked them to stop after which the station master and the clerk apologised, and we left.”
He was remanded in police custody, but released on bail after the police told the court that they did not want his custody.
Dhumal said: “The medical reports of Khan and Patil indicate they were under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place. We will take appropriate action against them too.”
The Central Railway’s press statement said a group of men broke the booking window glass and that the station master was severely beaten up by a group led by Sangle.