TV actor Akashdeep Saigal a.k.a Sky booked for assaulting auto drivers in Bandra
Bandra police on Tuesday booked TV actor and ex-Bigg Boss contestant Akashdeep Saigal a.k.a Sky, and two of his accomplices, for thrashing two autorickshaw drivers near his suburban residence.
According to officials, Saigal along with two others beat up the drivers with bamboo sticks after an altercation over driving on the road in front of his residence. One of the drivers was injured and had to be admitted to Bhabha Hospital after the incident.
“On Tuesday morning, an argument took place between the model and the autorickshaw drivers over the road being one way. Prima facie, we have been told that Saigal and two more people started hitting the drivers with bamboo sticks. The autorickshaw drivers in the area earlier had a tiff with him,” a police source told Hindustan Times.
Bandra police later booked the actor for assault and criminal intimidation.
Saigal and a few other locals, police said, had earlier requested authorities to shut road number 38 in Bandra West from one side and convert it into a one-way as it led to constant traffic near the society.
The auto drivers, however, kept using the road from the other side. After being notified about the same, traffic police put up a divider to curtail the entry of vehicles on the road.
After yesterday’s incident, one of the drivers’ advocate, Adil Khatri claimed that his client was critically injured by the actor.
“My client was beaten up by Saigal. He said he will drive from whichever side he wants to on the road. My client is critically injured and is admitted to a hospital. Saigal was called to the police station,” Khatri said.
The victims, Shabbir Wahab and Ayub Khan, have alleged that the actor was driving on the wrong side of the road and became violent after they tried to intervene.
Saigal, meanwhile, claimed that the drivers hit him and his relatives during the argument. He subsequently filed a complaint against the auto-drivers, following which a cross FIR was registered against the drivers.
The former model became a household name after participating in season 5 of ‘Bigg Boss’. In addition, he has featured in a number of TV shows and a handful films.