New Delhi: At least 13 toll-booth employees of Mumbai-Nasik Highway have been booked by the police for allegedly beating up a couple and later molesting the woman.
The victims were later identified as a 36-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man who were travelling to Mumbai from Nasik on September 7, when they stopped at a toll booth in Padgha village on Mumbai-Nashik highway of the district and paid the toll.
Further disclosing the matter, Padgha police sub-inspector P N Chowdhari said, “When the car driver asked for the receipt, the toll collector allegedly kept delaying the issue of receipt to them.”
“Later, when the car driver again asked the toll collector for the receipt, the toll collector got annoyed and he along with other workers present there allegedly beat up the couple. They also allegedly molested the woman and her dress got torn in the melee,” the SI added.
Not stopping at the molestation, the toll booth employees went a step ahead and further threatened the couple with dire consequences if they were seen again in the area, said the complaint filed by the woman on September 9.
Investigation is on in the matter. However, no arrests have been made so far.
Based on the complaint registered by the victimised woman, 13 accused persons were charged under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 and 506 (criminal intimidation).