Now, auto driver snubs snooker champ

Published: 22 October, 2011 07:49 IST | Nivedita Dargalkar |

Even though Faisal Khan had boarded the auto, the driver refused to ply

Even though Faisal Khan had boarded the auto, the driver refused to ply

If you thought that it was only the aam aadmi that had to bear the brunt of arrogant auto drivers, think again.
When it comes to (not) taking people for a ride, autowallas are strictly professional and offer no special privileges to anyone.

Traffic constable S B Bhingale booked the driver for refusing to
ply Khan to his destination

Mohammed Faisal Khan, a national-level snooker player will testify to this truth, as he was the latest victim of their high-handedness.

Khan, who is currently ranked no 5 in the six-red snooker listings in India, was denied a ride from Andheri (East) station to the Maharashtra Industrial development Corporation (MIDC) by an errant rickshaw driver last morning.

The refusal
When Khan boarded an auto yesterday, the driver, Mahesh Mukhiya, refused to ferry him to MIDC. An irked Khan approached the traffic cops stationed nearby, following which Mukhiya's licence was confiscated.

A visibly agitated Khan said, "Every morning, I struggle to get a rickshaw to Andheri station, and get late for work as a result. Similarly, every evening, after finishing my training I have to wait for a long time before I get a ride from Andheri station to MIDC.
On an average, I waste at least 30 minutes every day, just waiting."

Appreciating Khan's move of approaching the traffic cops with the complaint, constable S D Bhingale, who penalised the errant driver, said, "Commuters should come forward and lodge complaints with the traffic cops against drivers who refuse to ply.
Their initiative will greatly help us tackle the menace of errant rickshaw drivers, who otherwise get away with their adamant behaviour."

Driver says
Mahesh Mukhiya said, "It's not that I refused the passenger after he mentioned the destination. I wanted to take a break, but had forgotten to put the meter half-down."

Khan's fact file
A national-level snooker player, Khan represents the Railway Club and has represented India in several international snooker tournaments.

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