Doctor allegedly harasses, assaults auto driver, held
Bengaluru: A Bengaluru-based doctor who owns a private hospital was arrested by the police from Yelahanka for allegedly assaulting and harassing an autorickshaw driver after locking him up inside a club.
Based on a complaint filed by the 26-year-old autorickshaw driver, the doctor, in his late 40s was taken into custody by the police.
According to a recent media report in the Times of India, the driver alleged that the doctor and his friends assaulted him and urinated in his mouth and on his body. The doctor and his staff used to travel in his vehicle.
Detailing the incident, the driver told the daily, "On November 4 evening, the doctor asked me to transport food and other items from a friend's house to a club in Satanur near Bagalur, where he and around 12 friends were partying. I took the food items to the club and served them. The doctor asked me to go back to his hospital and bring another doctor. As I was getting late to go home and meet my relatives, I told the other doctor to hurry up. But he made me wait for more than an hour and I objected to that. He came out at 10.30pm. Upon reaching the club, he told the doctor that I insulted him in front of everyone."
The doctor became angry after hearing this and started assaulting the driver while saying that the latter didn't have respect for doctors. The complainant added, "They forced me to consume alcohol and locked me inside the bathroom. Using beer bottles and other objects, they beat me up. They urinated in my mouth and on my body. I lost consciousness. Next morning, I came out of the club and using someone's phone, I called my parents. They shifted me to Yelahanka hospital."
The medical certificates of the accused, the CCTV footage from the spot where the assault took place, and the injuries on the complainant's body proved the attack.
Subsequently, a case has been filed against the doctor under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act along with section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), section 342 (wrongful confinement), section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), and section 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian penal Code.
DCP (north-east) CK Baba stated that investigation is ongoing to find three more suspects. He added, "We arrested the prime accused within eight hours of the registration of the FIR."
The doctor is presently in judicial custody.