An autorickshaw driver was arrested for allegedly assaulting a man who protested against carrying an extra passenger in the three-wheeler at Jadavpur on Wednesday.
Police said 29-year-old Chinmoy Haldar of Bikramgarh had boarded an auto on the Jadavpur-Tollygunge route around 10.30am and protested when the driver tried to accommodate a fifth passenger. “Haldar was on the front left side and the backseat was full. The driver insisted on accommodating a fifth passenger on the front seat,” a police officer said.
Sources said the driver relented and started off with four passengers, but allegedly started abusing Halder on the way for not allowing a fifth passenger.
According to the traffic rules, an auto cannot carry more than four passengers — one on the left of the driver and three on the rear seat.
“Haldar was the last one to get off near the Lords Bakery crossing. Finding him alone, the driver abused and slapped him,” the officer added.
The young professional lodged a complaint with the police after the assault. Haldar said the driver had asked him to pay more than the fare since he didn’t allow him to carry an extra passenger.
A man running a deposit scheme in central Calcutta was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly duping at least 50 investors to the tune of Rs 50 lakh.
Police said Shahne Ahmed, the chairman of Waris Finance Investment Limited, was taken into custody when investors turned up at the company’s 13 Crooked Lane office and demanded a refund while some others sought the money on maturity of their investment schemes.
Ahmed allegedly refused to part with the money and told the investors that he needed more time. The crowd gheraoed his office following his refusal to pay them their dues and informed Hare Street police station.