Mumbai: Disabled Man Claims Assaulted By Bandra-Worli Sea Link Toll Workers | Bombay News

MUMBAI: Two men employed at the toll booth on Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) were arrested for allegedly abusing, humiliating and assaulting a 42-year-old disabled motorist, after the victim refused to pay the toll and showed to his government ID card. Government resolutions (GR) provide exemptions for motorists with disabilities over 85 percent.
When the victim, Ramdas Khot, failed to cross the toll, he called for help from the Bandra police and an initial information report was filed. The victim underwent a medical examination to check for internal injuries. Bandra Police convicted the two defendants under the Indian Penal Code and the Disability Act, which amounts to five years in prison if convicted.
Police have yet to arrest the two accused. The incident happened at around 2:45 p.m. on the southern road of the BWSL when Khot, deputy party secretary of the Prahar Janshakti (PJP) Party in Mantralaya, was stopped by toll staff and diverted other motorists from the way, and allegedly abused and punched. on her face and her head.
“Since Friday, I have not left my home because the incident traumatized me. It was the first time I had witnessed such an incident on the BWSL in the past four years since I started driving Mantralaya for work. Despite the presentation of the necessary documents, the guys at the toll plowed me. When I showed them the government ID card, they insulted me by saying ‘tum logon ko masti chaddi hai’, ”Khot told TOI.
Meanwhile, authorities at Mumbai Entrypoint Toll (MEP) said toll station staff actually asked them to get a fastag from NHAI that offered waivers to disabled motorists, but the MSRDC notification under which the toll was operated did not suggest any exemption to 80% of disabled motorists.
“Our staff were on the defensive when they manhandled a few after refusing payment. The video is enough to show how the staff behaved with him. We also went to the police to file an FIR but they suggested that we register an NC ”, the authorities stressed. No arrests have been made as police investigate the incident.

Harry D. Gonzalez