An auto driver was brutally beaten up by a group of men, including officials of the railway police, in front of his wife in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain on Sunday. An investigation has been launched after the video of the assault was shared online. Police officials, however, claim that the man was assaulted after he hit a railway police official who had intervened after he picked up a fight with a hotel employee.
The incident reportedly took place when the auto driver had an argument with the hotel staff over picking up passengers from the railway station, located near the hotel. The argument soon led to physical assault. A video shows the auto driver being punched and kicked as he tries to defend himself.
The hotel staff called a group of railway policemen from the station, who also thrashed the auto driver with canes as he lay on the ground. At one point, the railway officials even pushed the auto driver's wife as she begged them to spare him.
"The auto driver is a habitual offender; he has been creating a nuisance in the area. He has been picking up fight with people regularly. He has once been caught vandalising a hotel. Complaints against him has been filed in two police stations in the area. He even assaulted a policeman who tried to investigate the matter," said a police official.