Child hit on head in auto driver assault

A 12-year-old boy and his father were allegedly assaulted in Baguiati on Saturday night by an auto driver angry over his passengers not having change ready to pay the exact fare.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 19.03.18
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Sushil Chamaria and son Adarsh in their Baguiati home; (below) the auto stand near which they were allegedly assaulted on Saturday night. Pictures by Mayukh Sengupta
 

Baguiati: A 12-year-old boy and his father were allegedly assaulted in Baguiati on Saturday night by an auto driver angry over his passengers not having change ready to pay the exact fare.

The incident occurred after Sushil Chamaria gave driver Tanmoy Mondal a Rs 50 note - the fare was Rs 14 - and took "an extra few seconds" to find Rs 4 worth of coins in the front pocket of his jeans.

According to a complaint received by Baguiati police station, Tanmoy rained abuse on Sushil for not being able to pay the fare the moment he and his son alighted. He allegedly proceeded to assault the trader and also hit his son Adarsh, a student of Class VI, on the back of his head.

Tanmoy has been absconding since police registered an FIR naming him. The auto drivers' union for the Baguiati-Shyamnagar route has suspended him for three days, sources said.

Sushil, a resident of Baguiati who owns a garments shop in Poddar Court, said little Adarsh was targeted because he had protested against Tanmoy abusing his father. The duo were returning home from the Diamond Plaza mall on Jessore Road.

"Adarsh has just completed his annual examination and wanted to visit the mall with his friends," Sushil told Metro. "I did not allow him to go with his friends and took him to the mall myself, where he played a few arcade games. We took the auto to return to Baguiati."

According to Sushil, he didn't have change to pay the exact fare of Rs 14 and so asked the driver if it would help if he gave Rs 4 in coins along with the Rs 50 note. "The driver started abusing me even as I put a hand inside a pocket of my jeans. He said I should have taken out the change before reaching Baguiati," he said.

Adarsh's head rammed against the auto when Tanmoy allegedly hit him, Sushil said.

"The driver, who is in his early 30s, then grabbed me by the collar and abused me again," he said.

The autorickshaw stand is a few metres away from the place where the alleged assault took place. "When I walked till the stand to see if I could find help, 20-odd auto drivers surrounded me and held me responsible for the incident. They also told that if I lodged a complaint with the police, nothing would happen to the driver," Sushil said.

The garments trader visited the Baguiati Traffic Guard's office at the crossing to lodge a complaint, but was told to go to the police station instead. A traffic cop on duty on VIP Road took him to the police station.

Adarsh went for a medical check-up on Sunday and was found to have an injury on the back of his head. "He threw up on Sunday night. He has been advised a CT scan, which we will get done on Monday," Sushil said.