THE MAHIM police on Friday arrested six persons including the manager, cashier and four waiters of a Matunga-based restaurant after they allegedly assaulted three people over payment of a bill due to lack of change. The six were arrested on charges of voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
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As per police, the incident in question took place around 10.30 pm when the complainant Meher, who resides in Mahim, was at the Ganga-Vihar restaurant in Matunga with two of his friends. They tried to pay the bill of Rs 580 using a debit card, but the swiping machine developed a snag because of which they could not accept the money electronically.
DCP (zone 5) Paramjit Singh Dahiya said that as per the complainant, he then offered to pay by cheque which the restaurant did not accept. “The complaint said that they then asked the restaurant authorities to accept a Rs 500 and Rs 100 note as payment and exchange the notes later since there was no other option available,” Dahiya said.
He added, “The complainant alleged that the restaurant authorities asked them to pay
Rs 1000 and collect the change later. This led to a fight between the two sides as the complainant asked them why could they not accept Rs 500 if they could accept Rs 1000 which was also demonetised.” They did not get an answer.
The cashier then informed the manager and four other waiters also intervened. “During the course of the fight, the six allegedly punched the complainant and his friend. The complainant then contacted the local Mahim police, who reached the spot and arrested the six including the manager, cashier and four waiters,” Dahiya said. The accused have been arrested on charges of unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
Govind Mishra from the Ganga-Vihar restaurant, however, said that there was no problem with their debit card machine as others were able to make payments.
“They first raised hands on our staff. There was no problem with the cards of any other people. It was only their card where transactions were getting declined. They then threw the money on our staff and said if you want, take it, or we will go,” Mishra said.