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Delhi: MEA official’s driver assaulted in road rage in Chanakyapuri’s embassy area

The victim, Manoj, works as a driver for a joint secretary with the ministry of external affairs. He was driving the official’s 14-year-old son for his coaching class in Green Park on Monday afternoon when the alleged assault happened.

delhi Updated: May 11, 2017 00:20 IST
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Hindustan Times
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The victim, Manoj, works as a driver for a joint secretary with the ministry of external affairs. He was driving the official’s 14-year-old son for his coaching class in Green Park on Monday afternoon when the alleged assault happened.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

In yet another road rage incident in the capital that happened near the Embassy of Italy in Chanakyapuri, an MEA official’s driver was injured when another motorist allegedly smashed his car’s window for not giving him way.

The victim, Manoj, works as a driver for a joint secretary with the ministry of external affairs. He was driving the official’s 14-year-old son for his coaching class in Green Park on Monday afternoon when the alleged assault happened.

The boy, who was seated on the back seat of the Toyota Etios car, escaped unhurt, said a senior police officer. Manoj, however, required hospitalisation after glass shards from car’s shattered window pierced his face and hands. He was discharged from the hospital after treatment.

Manoj had managed to note down the registration number of the Swift Dzire car belonging to the alleged assaulter. The police tracked the accused, Ratheem Samby, who lives in West Delhi’s Janakpuri and works in a marketing job.

Having picked his employer’s son from his home in MEA flats in Chanakyapuri, Manoj was passing by the Embassy of Italy on the Satya Marg around 3.30pm when the other car began honking, indicating him to give way. “Since it was a curve, it was not possible for me to give way to the other motorist. That angered him and he intercepted my car, forcing me to stop. He then entered into a verbal confrontation with me,” alleged Manoj.

Manoj claimed that he tried to ignore Samby and drive away, but the accused again intercepted his car. “The accused brought out a wooden stick from his car and smashed the driver’s side window of Manoj’s car,” said a senior police officer.

To save the boy and himself from any further assault, Manoj ensured that the car remained locked from inside the entire while. Once the accused was gone, Manoj called the police who arrived at the crime scene and took him to RML Hospital for treatment.

First Published: May 11, 2017 00:19 IST