Navi Mumbai: A 31-year-old motorist allegedly assaulted a MSRTC bus driver after getting into a brawl here and dragged the bus operator on his car’s bonnet for 300 metres, police said today. Santosh Shilimkar (35) was driving Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s bus from Khandala to Thane on July 27, when a ‘Swift’ car driven by H A Ansari, moving ahead of it, rammed into the bus at Airoli node in Navi Mumbai area of Thane district, Rabale MIDC police station’s senior inspector Ramchandra Deshmukh said.
This led to an argument between the two, following which Ansari came out of his car and broke the windscreen of the bus, Deshmukh said, adding he then got inside the bus and allegedly beat up Shilimkar.
As Ansari proceeded to drive away in his vehicle, Shilimkar jumped on the bonnet of the car to stop the four-wheeler from going further, Deshmukh said. However, Ansari kept driving the car, dragging Shilimkar to about 300 metres after which the bus driver fell from the bonnet and sustained injuries, he said.
Subsequently, Ansari fled from the spot. Later, based on the CCTV footage, police traced the car driver to Mumbai and arrested Ansari the next day from the metropolis.
He was booked under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC. Ansari was later produced before a local court which released him on bail. Video footages of the incident that surfaced the other day showed the bus driver being dragged on the bonnet of the car for about 300 metres before he fell off and suffered injury.