BANGALORE: In a case of road rage, a car owner and an auto driver got into a fight on Saturday evening on the Venkatapura Main Road.
The auto driver Prashanth alleged that the driver of the car, Sarita, assaulted and spat on him simply because he questioned her overtaking his vehicle from the left side. He has filed a complaint at Madivala police station.
Countering his claim, Sarita, said Prashanth refused to give her space to move ahead despite repeated honking. She alleged that it was the auto driver and his group of friends who assaulted her, police said.
“We will look into both sides of the story, get statements from both parties and investigate,” police officials said.
At 7.30 pm on Saturday, Prashanth and Sarita were travelling on Venkatapura Main road in Koramangala 1st Stage. Sarita claims she honked numerous times so that Prashanth would give her space to go ahead. However, when he refused to move, she overtook him from the left side. At this, Prashanth pointed his hand at her and shouted at her.
“Sarita got out of the car, blocked the entire road, came out and spat at Prashanth’s face. She asked him who he was to teach her road rules,” Chalapathi, president of Jai Bhuvaneshwari Auto Driver’s Union alleged.
As her car was blocking the road, other road users started honking and yelling at both Sarita and Prashanth. A Hoysala patrol vehicle that was passing by brought the situation under control and took both complainants to the station, police said.
‘He abused me’
According to Sarita, Prashanth simply refused to give space for her to pass. “For about a kilometre, he did this. Finally, I overtook him from the left side. But when I did so, he started hurling abuses at me and used vulgar language. When I got out of the car to question him, he, along with others began fighting with me,” Sarita, in her complaint said.