Mumbai: Bandra celebrity tattoo artist assaults doctor, mistaking him for kidnapper

Mumbai: A Hill Road (Bandra) based celebrity tattoo artist was booked by police for allegedly assaulting a doctor. Apparently, the tattoo artist mistook the doctor for a kidnapper, and allegedly hit the doctor with a bamboo stick, which left the doctor bleeding with severe injuries,

According to a report in Mid-Day, police have said that the entire incident took place on the evening of September 12, when Dr Ashutosh Chaumal arrived at the tattoo parlour. He had gone to escort the tattoo artist to a rehabilitation centre, on his family’s request. A family member has also confirmed that the tattoo artist suffers from a mental condition, and has violent outbursts. They also confirmed that he was a drug addict. And, only after consultation with doctors, the family had decided to send him to one of rehabilitation centre in Pune for treatment.

“My staff and I went to his tattoo studio on Tuesday evening in an ambulance. He was there along with a few friends. When we asked him to come with us, he refused. We tried convincing him that we were acting on his family’s request, but he suddenly got violent and attacked us with a bamboo stick. I was rushed to Bhabha Hospital, where I got 12 stitches to my head. After the treatment, I registered a complaint with the Bandra police,” said Dr Ashutosh Chaumal told Mid-Day while recalling the incident.

On the other side the tattoo artist said that he thought that these people were trying to kidnap him, and out of self-defence he grabbed a stick. He also has said that he doesn’t live with his family. After the incident, he realised that his mother and brother had reached out to the doctor.

The tattoo artist’s mother has also filed a complaint with the police. According to report in the newspaper, the complaint says that, “He is capable of either causing grievous hurt to himself or my other children. He is schizophrenic and has bipolar disorder with a history of substance abuse. I am informing the police that he has hit my employee too. He carries weapons with him. He is even suicidal, and I beg and plead the police officials to take control of this situation before anyone gets hurt.” The Bandra police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code for assault and voluntarily causing hurt using dangerous weapons.

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