Video: 60-yr-old driver thrashed for scolding boy who scratched car

After the elderly man reprimanded a 10- year- old boy from a neighbouring society for cycling within the premises, an angry mob of adults, including his father, beat him with belts and a metal rod

Ravikumar Arya (60) had a comfortable job driving for the secretary of a posh residential society in Andheri, and all he wanted was to avoid unnecessary trouble with the boss. He wouldn’t have imagined the crisis he was inviting for himself when he scolded a 10-year-old boy from the neighbouring society for scratching his boss’s car.

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The boy left in a huff, but returned within minutes, this time with a mob of angry adults, including his father, who brutally thrashed Arya with a belt and a metal rod. Not only did they leave the senior citizen with a lacerated forehead and broken hand, the assaulters also threatened to kill him if he complained about the incident.

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CCTV cameras at Adelphi CHS capture the blow-by-blow assault on Ravikumar Arya (extreme left) by a gang of three
CCTV cameras at Adelphi CHS capture the blow-by-blow assault on Ravikumar Arya (extreme left) by a gang of three

The incident took place around 7.30 pm on October 1, when Arya was waiting in the parking lot of Adelphi Cooperative Housing Society, located in Shastri Nagar, near Lokhandwala, Andheri West. The 10-year-old boy was cycling dangerously close to his employer’s Honda City and finally scratched it.

“I am responsible for anything that happens to the car. I politely requested the kid to ride his bicycle outside our society premises, but he began to hurl abuses at me,” said Arya, who finally told the boy off for his bad manners.

“He left the society, only to come back after 15 minutes with a group of three people, who started punching me and hit me a belt. They also attacked me with a rod and left me bleeding,” the elderly driver recalled.

The boy on the cycle leads his father and his accomplices to the driver
The boy on the cycle leads his father and his accomplices to the driver

Two watchmen from the building attempted to intervene, but the men turned on them as well, and one of the watchmen ran to inform the society residents of the brawl. “I was shocked to see the way in which the 60-year-old was being attacked with belts and a rod. I tried to stop the group and begged them to leave, but they did not listen,” said the second watchman, Ashok Mehetar.

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Immediately after the incident, someone called the police, while the bruised and bleeding Arya was taken to Cooper Hospital, where he received five stitches on his forehead and his fractured right hand was put in a cast. “Arya had a wound on his forehead and we stitched it. His right hand had been dislocated from the joint and is in a plaster. He was kept under observation for four hours to ensure there was no critical head injury,” said a doctor at the hospital.

With a fractured right hand, Arya is currently unable to work and is resting at home. His employer, Raman Trikha, who is the secretary of the society, said, “The incident was inhuman. How can anyone have the guts to enter our society and thrash the driver? The police should take action and make it clear that such incidents will not be tolerated.”

The police have arrested one person with the help of CCTV footage of the incident. The other two are yet to be nabbed
The police have arrested one person with the help of CCTV footage of the incident. The other two are yet to be nabbed

However, Arya initially refused to file a complaint, fearing a worse fate at the hands of his assaulters. “Even in hospital, Arya received threats from them. They told him they would kill him if he told the police about the attack.When some of us went to the police station, we were also threatened. Cowing under pressure, Arya decided not to file a complaint, but we decided to support him,” said a resident who did not wish to be named. Forty residents had signed a petition asking the Amboli police to register the case.

The elderly Ravikumar Arya (left) received five stitches on his forehead and suffered a fracture in his right hand. One of the society’s watchmen, Ashok Mehetar tried to stop the angry mob, but was barely successful
The elderly Ravikumar Arya (left) received five stitches on his forehead and suffered a fracture in his right hand. One of the society’s watchmen, Ashok Mehetar tried to stop the angry mob, but was barely successful

FIR after a week
The FIR was finally registered yesterday, nearly a week after the incident, after the society members submitted the petition to the police, along with CCTV footage of the incident. “We took a collective decision to approach the police because such incidents cannot be ignored. The driver could have died,” said another resident.

Senior Police Inspector Ramesh Khadtare from the Amboli police station, confirmed that an FIR had been filed against three accused under Sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. One of the accused seen in the CCTV footage was also arrested.

“We have arrested 24-year-old Mohammad Hasan from his home in the neighbouring society, Swiss Corner, on Wednesday, around 4.30 pm. The other two accused in the case couldn’t be found at their homes but we will arrest them soon,” said Khadtare.

- Inputs by Sadaguru Pandit

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8 Comments

  • John09-Oct-2015

    Proof of the decaying society values misdirected by the heroism depicted in cheap superstardom actors / multi starrer films! Have any one thought about what will be the thought process of the child- with which he grows up about in this human society -for whom these thugs were behaving in a lawless manner? Don't the elders in society have right to stop the wrong doing in society and that of a child?And well Ashish [reader], people like you have to be there to keep these elements [thugs] in check.

  • ABHISHEK KHOSLA09-Oct-2015

    This shows the level of frustration in Men these days . They are not able to achieve anything and show there anger on an old man / driver . Where is the law and order in Mumbai . Why havent the culpraits been captured and thrashed Where is the humanity why did anyone else / Guards come to save him . Mumbai means business without heart

  • Rajeevan09-Oct-2015

    Guys this is also against the humanity. When and who will tell the culprits that taking law and order in hand will always cause disturbance and losses to all the proper indian thinking. This should be punished and justice should be prevailed. Mr.Arya was just doing his job. The person from other society should be charged with intention to kill another person as he has also threatened him. Law should be very strict. I have seen other than India Law and order is very strict. Especially middle east

  • Karan08-Oct-2015

    Hahaha, show of strength!!if these guys really have guts they should attack someone of their own caliber, i am sure they will get a befitting replysomeone here stated religion does not matter, but then why these guys are trying to prove their strength in inhumane manner

  • Parwaz08-Oct-2015

    Those people beaten to a harmless senior citizen and above all a poor Driver. Do you think that they are real Muslim follows the teaching of Islam and prophet. No they are Transgender. Instead of teaching a good lesson to their own son, not to harm any one, 4 people thrashed and beaten to this poor man with belt and rod they claimed they are human being. Religion doesn't matter, there is a religion above all, is the HUMANITY. They MUST be given harsh punishment under IPC and put behind bar.

  • Ashish08-Oct-2015

    Why a case of attempt to murder has not been imposed on these 3 ruthless guys. If they really want to show strength they should confront guys like me... particularly the chashmish

  • Ahmed09-Oct-2015

    I am ashamed of being a part of such society who don't have manners to approach elderly people, especially senior citizens, this man who is earning his bread and butter even after being 60 years of age, should be treated in a calm manner. Hitting him just because of the stupidity of that child doesn't make sense. If I would have been their I would have slapped the child. These people should be sued and such people inclusive of child should be taught a lesson of how to respect elderly people.

  • kranti08-Oct-2015

    well said ashish....3 people hitting an old man is an act of cowardice....

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