Miscreant who tried to evade toll by pushing barricade on highway arrested

Miscreant who tried to evade toll by pushing barricade on highway arrested
Screengrabs from the video

Police have apprehended the miscreant who had tried to evade toll and pushed a traffic barricade from the Vashi Toll Naka last month. A video of the incident had gone viral on social media.

Mumbai police started probing the case after the video was brought to their attention on April 28. The incident itself had taken place a week earlier, on April 21.

In the video, which was used as evidence, the motorist could be seen dragging the barricade with his car (Maruti Suzuki Swift) on the highway in a bid to avoid paying the toll charges. An FIR was subseqeuntly registered in the matter.

Mumbai police initiated a thorough investigation into the matter to ensure motorists are aware of the serious consequences of breaking traffic rules and discourage others from following suit.

The accused, identified as Abid Ali Sayyad, was finally traced with the help of his car registration number and apprehended earlier this week.

“This incident of a desperate attempt to evade toll on 21st April was brought to our notice on 28th. After a thorough investigation the miscreant has been traced, booked & handed over to @Navimumpolice . Remember, U can run, U can hide but not escape the law! Just a matter of time,’ tweeted Mumbai police.

He was later handed over to Navi Mumbai police, who placed him under arrest on Thursday.

Sayyad, who runs a tailoring shop in Mumbra, was booked for negligent driving. “Sayyad was booked under sections 279 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code,” an official was quoted saying.

A statement of a Vashi toll plaza staff, Arjun Parab, was also recorded in the case. Sayyad, meanwhile, has been granted bail.

“We have seen a rise in the number of cases wherein motorists try to evade toll by either flouting political connections, fighting with the staff or simply trying to flee the plaza. Booking such miscreants will help set a precedent and discourage others from copying such actions,” an official told Local Press Co.

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