Traffic in the city of Navi Mumbai is unpleasant. That’s almost always the case in a city of over one million people, but it is especially true when the nearby metropolis of Mumbai includes another twenty million inhabitants to clog the roadways. All of this tension boiled over one evening late last month when a case of road rage broke out between a bus driver and another motorist. The story is only generating news now because a CCTV video was released which shows part of the hair-raising confrontation.
The bus driver, 35-year-old Santosh Shilimkar, has been a driver for the Maharashtra State Road Transportation Corporation for six year. On the night of the incident, he noted a car recklessly trying to pass him, which ultimately collided with the bus. After causing the accident, the driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old H.A. Ansari, proceeded to get out of his car and escalated a shouting match between himself and Shilimkar. To top matters off, Ansari cracked the bus’ windshield before getting onto the bus and beating up the driver.
After leaving Shilimkar bloodied, Ansari returned to his vehicle and began to drive away. Not wanting his assailant to escape, the bus driver flung himself onto the hood of the car and banged on the windshield. Rather than being deterred, Ansari continued driving with Shilimkar on the hood, who was screaming at the top of his lungs. The road rage continued as, after 1000 feet, Shilimkar was thrown from the hood and partially run-over. Stunned onlookers tried to intervene during the incident, as can be seen in the CCTV video.
Authorities located Ansari the following day using the CCTV footage. He was arrested, charged with causing hurt with a dangerous weapon, and was released on bail. His trial hasn’t occurred yet, but the CCTV evidence makes this road rage case pretty open and shut.