Driver beaten as his taxi brushes scooty, loses teeth

A taxi driver had his front teeth knocked out during a road rage attack in central Delhi’s Mandir Marg on Wednesday. Dharamraj claims to have been thrashed by a couple riding a scooty, police said.

In his statement, Dharamraj told police that he was attacked after his taxi brushed past the scooty.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dharamraj had picked a passenger from Shahdara for Raja Bazar near Connaught Place.

“The incident occurred after the taxi driver dropped the passenger,” said a police officer. Dharamraj was taking a U-turn near Mandir Marg when the scooty was coming from Aaram Bagh road. It was a minor accident in which none of the vehicles were damaged. The couple on the scooty, however, were furious and forced Dharamraj to stop the taxi. It led to an argument in which Dharamraj and the couple abused each other.

Dragged by hairDharamraj alleged the woman then dragged him by his hair, while the man attacked him with his helmet. Locals and other motorists stopped, but none of them went to help Dharamraj.

“The couple fled after the incident and are yet to be identified,” the officer added. Dharamraj informed police after which he was taken to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in a PCR van. He underwent treatment for head injuries.

A case has been filed under the IPC on the basis of his statement with with Mandir Marg police station. “Dharamraj failed to provide the registration number of the scooty. We are trying to take help of CCTV cameras installed in the area,” the officer said.

The investigators have also approached locals for any possible video clip of the attack. Dharamraj lives with family at a rented house in north east Delhi’s Welcome.

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