Taxi drivers beat up woman, son in Howrah

The driver abused my son. As my son protested, he started raining blows on him. Soon, another driver joined in on the scuffle: Brindaban Mullick Lane resident.

kolkata Updated: Aug 22, 2012 14:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Even as the row over the auto outrage in Baranagar refuses to die down, a gang of taxi drivers stirred up a fresh row in Howrah on Tuesday.

The accused cab drivers reportedly rained savage blows on a woman and her son after they dared to talk back to a taxi driver, who had denied them a ride to their destination in the Chatterjeehaat area of Howrah. While the police later moved in on the scene and nabbed one of the accused drivers, the other managed to get away.

Krishna Chatterjee, a resident of Brindaban Mullick Lane, had been on her way to Bowbazar for a health checkup with her son Pritam. They reportedly flagged a cab down at the Natun Rasta crossing and gave the driver the address of the place they were headed. However, the driver demanded an extra fare and refused to take them in, till his demand was met.

“Prem Singh, the accused driver, demanded extra fare. However, the woman refused to comply. After an extended argument, the driver flatly refused to take them in. They looked up other cab drivers, but even they refused to give them a ride,” an officer of Chatterjeehaat police outpost told HT.

Snubbed by the other cabmen, they fell back on Prem Singh and demanded to know why he won’t give them a ride. “The driver then got to hurling abuses at my son. As my son protested, he started raining blows on him. Soon another cabman joined in on the scuffle. As I rushed in to save my son, they shoved me away,” Chatterjee told police.

“Acting on her complaint, we arrested Prem Singh. We are on the lookout for Munna Singh, who was an accused in the incident,” the officer said.

First Published: Aug 22, 2012 14:52 IST