In yet another instance of violence at the Kherki Daula toll plaza, a man in a Scorpio allegedly opened fire at employees on Sunday night. According to Skylark, the operator managing the plaza, the incident took place around 2 am on Sunday when tax collectors waved down a black Scorpio passing through lane number 28. The vehicle had a tag indicating that its owner was a local resident, and was exempted from paying tax.
“However, our machine did not automatically register the sticker. So our employee was noting down the tag number, when the four men inside the vehicle became aggressive. Despite requests from our employees to wait, the men drove past the toll. Our workers tried to stop the car when one of the men opened fire. However, the workers ducked and managed to escape without injuries,” a Skylark official said.
The official added that the boom barrier installed in lane 28 had gone for repair. As a result, “employees have to manually stop the vehicles”.
Confirming the incident, PRO Ravinder Kumar said, “A case has been registered under IPC sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).”
According to sources, CCTV cameras at the plaza have captured the vehicle pulling into the lane. However, the area where the shooting took place was beyond the camera’s line of sight.
Police said the car owner, a resident of Nakhrola village, has been traced through the vehicle’s number plate, which was captured by the camera. “Although the accused are absconding, we expect to track them down and nab them very soon,” PRO Kumar said.