The incident occurred on 15th February 2015 near Kemps Corner in Mumbai, when cab driver Surendranath Dubey was on his way home. The accused, Alpesh Gandhi, a 38 year old businessman from Kandivali came in front of his taxi. He was on a motorcycle.
Though Dubey managed to stop the vehicle in time, the rider showed his ire and charged towards the cabbie and hit him in the face with his helmet. This left Dubey with an injured jaw, bleeding lip and broken two front teeth.
Dubey immediately approached the Gamdevi Police Station where a case was registered against Gandhi. Now in a strong message, that road rage will not be tolerated, the court has sentenced Gandhi to a year in prison. A fine of Rs. 10,000 has been levied on the biker out of which Rs 5,000 will be paid to the taxi driver as compensation.
Gandhi had argued that the driver of the taxi had instead hit him and left him injured while the cops booked him rather than the taxi driver due to pressure from the taxi union. However, the court found the victim’s statement to be consistent with that of the medical officer and investigating officer while medical evidence also proved that Gandhi was the guilty party.
Instances of road rage are on the rise. This verdict sends out a strong message that road rage will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely. The news just coming in states that a 21 year old was killed in road rage in Delhi’s Acharya Niketan. The 21 year old man was shot to death by two men after his motorcycle grazed against their car at Acharya Niketan area near Mayur Vihar Phase-1 early this morning.
The accused were in an i20, fled the scene of the crime and are yet to be identified. The motorcyclist, identified as Yogesh had come to buy something. They and an argument when his motorcycle touched their car and they accused him of breaking the glass of the car. The two men pulled out a pistol and shot three bullets at Yogesh who collapsed to the ground following which the assailants fled.