In a shocking incident, an employee of the Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway toll plaza was beaten to death in Karnataka’s Ramanagar district. A video of the incident is now viral on the Internet.
In the viral video, some people on a highway can be seen hitting a man, reportedly for a fight over paying the toll fee.
The deceased has been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Karikal Tandya in Bengaluru Taluk. His colleague Manjunath was also injured in the attack.
The incident took place on June 4, Sunday night, when an argument broke out between the toll staff and a group of men over paying the toll fee. The accused allegedly had a heated argument with the staff over the delay, which lead to a fistfight.
The passers-by stopped and pacified. It seemed that the fight was over for the time being but the angry accused reportedly waited for Kumar, the victim.
At midnight, as Kumar stepped out of the plaza, the four people attacked him and Manjunath with hockey sticks. The whole incident was captured on CCTV. Both were taken to the hospital where Pawan Kumar died because of the injuries. The accused fled the scene after the incident.
The Police have registered a case of murder and an investigation is ongoing to catch the accused at the earliest. According to the police, the accused have been identified based on the CCTV camera footage of the incident and is said to be from Bengaluru.
Users filled the comments section, where one person wrote, the accused should join school again and learn the importance of peace. Another user wrote that toll plaza employees should be taught how to behave as they misbehave with the commuters. He added the situation was good when the female employees were deployed in the tollbooth.
A user wrote it was a total failure of the law and order implementation by the local police.
Reports said local commuters have been protesting against the toll collection in the expressway as similar incidents of heated arguments with the toll employees have been reported in the past.
The Mysuru-Bengaluru expressway was inaugurated on March 12 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The local commuters have complained, whenever they travel by the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway, there is a delay in opening the barrier despite a fast tag. The toll plaza employees said there had been a technical issue as there is a delay in the detection of vehicles near the toll plaza by the sensors.
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