High drama was witnessed at the Chandigarh railway station after two groups of auto drivers and app-based cab drivers and officials clashed in two separate incidents on Friday.
A mob which included auto-drivers and residents of Daria village also allegedly thrashed cab officials inside the premises of Government Railway Police station.
As per the police, around 11 am, a group of OLA cab officials and some auto drivers were arguing over ferrying passengers outside the railway station. Soon, a fight ensued between the groups which was then controlled by the police. However, one of the parking lot attendants called Baljinder suffered minor injuries in the incident.
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Speaking to Newsline, a GRP official said, “A few officials of OLA cabs and auto drivers were then taken to the GRP station to settle the dispute. Around 12.30 pm, a mob of auto-drivers and Daria residents carrying wooden sticks and iron rods entered the police station and started thrashing the cab officials present there. The situation went out of control when the two groups started throwing stones at each other and damaged property, including some cabs.”
The cab officials who suffered minor injuries in the incident were Amrik Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Ashok Aggarwal and Rajesh.
The Chandigarh Police was called for assistance and the situation was brought under control within half an hour.
The police registered a cross-case under sections 147 (punishment for rioting),148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon),149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs 50) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons at the Government Railway Police Station, Chandigarh railway station.
No commuter or railway official was reported to be harmed in the incidents.