An auto driver who was allegedly ferrying a woman in a wrong direction heckled and pushed her out after she protested.
Driver Manohar Singh, who has been arrested, also allegedly did not return the balance to the 27-year-old who had paid him Rs 100.
The incident happened on Thursday morning in the crowded Muchibazar area in north Calcutta’s Telengabagan.
“The 25-year-old driver was arrested on Thursday night and produced in court on Friday. He has been remanded in police custody. He has been charged under sections related to outrage of modesty, theft, abuse through words and gestures and assault,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.
Police sources said the woman, headed for her office in Karunamoyee, boarded the auto around 10.30am in front of the Ultadanga tram depot.
“She said she had given a Rs 100 note to the driver the moment she boarded the auto,” said an officer of Maniktala police station, where the woman lodged a complaint.
She told the police that she realised being ferried in the opposite direction after the auto plied a few hundred metres from where she had boarded it.
In the crowded Muchibazar area she protested and demanded the auto be stopped. When the driver stopped, the woman got engaged in an altercation with him.
“The woman was allegedly heckled and pushed out of the auto. There were two other passengers in the auto who apparently did nothing to help her. The driver allegedly fled without returning the balance to the complainant,” the officer said.
The police said the woman might have boarded a wrong auto. “The driver is claiming he did not hear the woman say she was headed for Karunamoyee. Even if it is true, he did not have the right to heckle or push her,” the officer added.
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