Over 20 people, allegedly agents (self-styled) who make arrangements of toll passes for daily commuters thrashed a toll plaza staff member and damaged the toll booth at Ladhowal Toll Plaza on Wednesday. The Ludhiana police failed to reach the spot despite repeated calls by the plaza staff.
The incident occurred at 12.30 noon when the toll staff asked the driver of the private bus to pay the toll tax. The driver said he had already paid the amount for the pass to agents.
The staff did not lift the automatic boom barriers and the driver and the staff exchanged heated arguments , following which drivers called 20 assailants to the spot.
We have registered an FIR against unidentified accused on the basis of complaint lodged by the injured staff; the CCTV footage at the plaza will be examined. JATINDER SINGH AULUKH, commissioner of police
In the violence that ensued, the attackers pelted stones at the booth and broke its window panes and also thrashed a staff member and fled after leaving him severely injured.
Yadwinder Singh, 35, appointed as special toll officer who was attacked, said, “When I asked the driver of the private bus to pay the toll tax, he denied by saying that he has paid it already to the agents. The agents who make passes for these private buses asked us to let the buses pass.
But, when we confronted them, they started screaming at us. As we did not let them pass their vehicle, after five minutes, nearly 20 people came and started thrashing me and hit me in the head with a hard object.”
The staff at the toll plaza said after the incident immediately called up the police that failed to reach the spot till the filing of this report.
“We have registered an FIR against unidentified accused on the basis of complaint lodged by the injured staff. The CCTV footage at the toll plaza will be examined as part of our investigations and will help us identify the culprits. As far as the allegations of police not reaching the spot are concerned, I am not aware of it,” said commissioner of police Jatinder Singh Aulukh.