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Auto driver who assaulted BPO employee held

The family of BPO employee, Simaab Vasi (20), feels justice was delivered after the police arrested the autorickshaw driver who allegedly thrashed Vasi after a tiff over a fare of Rs 10.

mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2010 00:32 IST
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Hindustan Times

The family of BPO employee, Simaab Vasi (20), feels justice was delivered after the police arrested the autorickshaw driver who allegedly thrashed Vasi after a tiff over a fare of Rs 10.

The police arrested Siraj Ahmed, the auto driver, on Saturday and produced him in court. “The accused has been remanded in police custody until September 28,” said assistant police inspector Ganpat Waluj.

The police traced Ahmed with the help of the vehicle’s registration number that Vasi had noted.

Hindustan Times had reported about the incident on September 21.

Vasi, an employee with a Malad BPO, received 22 stitches on his head after he was allegedly assaulted. On September 16, Vasi was going to the international airport when he hailed an autorickshaw on the Western Express Highway, near Andheri. After driving about 100 metres, Ahmed asked Vasi to get off as he was headed towards the domestic airport.

Ahmed demanded the minimum fare. When Vasi refused, Ahmed allegedly removed a wooden stick from under his seat and hit him. “We are thankful to the police,” said Vasi’s father, Siraj Abid Vasi.

The police called Vasi to the police station to identify the driver. The police also took Vasi to the spot, near Landmark building in Andheri, to verify the spot of the incident.

“This should serve as a lesson to other drivers. We want Ahmed to be punished,” Siraj said.

First Published: Sep 27, 2010 00:31 IST