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Two hurt as commuters fire at toll plaza staff in Karnal

Employees were attacked after they refused to give the accused exemption in toll, 6 held

india Updated: May 27, 2018 14:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Karnal
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Police recording the statement of an injured at Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital in Karnal. (HT Photo)

Two employees of Karnal’s Bastara toll plaza sustained bullet injuries on Saturday when some commuters fired at them after they refused to give them exemption in toll.

Past attacks on toll plazas in state
  • May 6, 2018: A truck driver trying to get away without toll tax on Murthal toll plaza on national highway 1 (Delhi-Chandigarh) mowed down a toll plaza worker who tried to stop him.
  • April 8, 2018: An employee of Karnal’s Bastara toll plaza was injured after he was stabbed by four persons.
  • January 5, 2017: A youth allegedly crashed his SUV car into Bastara toll plaza near Karnal and also attacked the plaza supervisor, who asked him to show the tag and change the lane. He left the spot but returned after 10 minutes with about 15 people and attacked the plaza supervisor with sticks injuring him badly.
  • February 2o16: Makrauli toll plaza and Dighal toll plaza in Rohtak vandalised and set on fire during Jat stir

Deepak Kumar, an employee at the toll, said that four-five people, under the influence of liquor, reached the toll plaza in a car around 3am and they asked the toll collector for exemption. When he refused, they manhandled him. The other employees also intervened.

“We called the police and when we were talking to the accused in the presence of cops, one of their associates suddenly came forward and opened fire in which two employees, Ashish Kumar and Ram Phal, sustained bullet injuries,” he said.

They were rushed to Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital, Karnal, where their condition was stable, he added.

Meanwhile, the police arrested the miscreants, who were identified as Pankaj Vadhwa of Ghraunda, Karnal, Parth Kumar and Nishank of Kurukshetra, Simranjeet Singh of Safidon, Jind, Harish Pal of Tohana and Ankit Kumar of Mahmudpur of Karnal city.

They were booked under Section 148, 149, 323, 506 and 307 of the IPC and the Arms Act, police said.

First Published: May 27, 2018 14:06 IST