MUMBAI: Three Ghatkopar residents were recently convicted and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for attacking a BEST driver in a road rage incident in 2014. The driver told court that passengers and he had objected to one of the accused who was performing stunts on the bike on a crowded Chembur road.
Rupesh Shivgan, Sunil Lodh and Ajay More were found guilty for offences relating to assaulting or using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty, hurting a public servant during discharge of duty and wrongful restraint.
Six witnesses, including the driver, Dilip Shinde, deposed. Shinde told court that on August 18, 2014, the roads were crowded as it was Dahi Handi. He said when the bus reached Chembur naka at 8.40pm, an accused was performing stunts in front of the bus. Shinde said he requested the rider to take the bike aside, but he did not pay heed. He said only after other passengers told him did he move but hurled abuses.
Shinde said some others came there and started banging on the bus with their hands. He alleged that the accused followed the bus on the motorcycle, continuing to bang on the bus. Shinde said when he slowed down, they took the motorcycles in front, forcing the bus to stop. He said they entered from the front door, punched and kicked him.
Shinde said police arrived and caught the accused. He said in the interim the conductor and passengers urged the accused to stop the assault.
Among other witnesses were the conductor and a senior citizen, who was on his way home from Dadar TT. While he confirmed the incident he said he did not see the faces of those who assaulted the driver.
The court relied on witnesses’ statements to convict the accused. It, however, acquitted the accused on charges of intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace. “At the most prosecution witness 2 (Shinde) stated that while on motorcycle the accused were abusing, but no words uttered by accused has been stated by ,” the court said.