Close to 38 degrees Celsius, sweltering heat and the sun shining right on top of the head - temperatures were hotter still at a toll plaza in Gurugram, right next to the national capital, Delhi.
"You'll stop my car? Even the police doesn't stop my car," said an Innova driver, refusing to pay the toll, to the attendant standing in front of his car, reported news agency ANI.
And then the unthinkable happens. The driver immediately accelerates past the boom barrier to get away without paying at the Manesar toll plaza, disregarding the life of the attendant, who jumps onto the bonnet. The entire sequence was captured by the CCTV installed at the booth.
#WATCH Haryana: A car driver dragged a toll plaza employee on his car's bonnet in Gurugram when asked to stop at toll plaza.Victim says,"Car driver dragged me for 5-6km on his car's bonnet on a speed of about 100 km/hr. He said,'You'll stop my car?Even police doesn't stop my car' pic.twitter.com/Wz9kMOs8uu— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2019
Four men were travelling in the Innova. The driver does not stop. Another angle in the same video released by news agency ANI shows the driver charging down the road, with the toll booth staff still on the bonnet.
"The driver dragged me for 5-6 km on his car's bonnet on a speed of about 100 km/hour," the toll staff said.
The toll staff, identified as Ashok Kumar said he held on to the car's wipers to save himself from falling.
"It was an abduction. The men in the car took me to an isolated place after driving for some 7-8 km toward Manesar. They stopped at a isolated place and beat me up badly," he said in his complaint.
"The owner of the car threatened me with dire consequences if I report the incident to the police," Ashok Kumar said, according to news agency IANS.
A senior police officer said that the toll attendant "approached police even as the four men threatened to kill him and his family members".
"The entire incident was caught on CCTV cameras. We are in a process of analysing it and managed to identify the accused," the police officer said.
Two persons have been arrested and the car in question has also been seized by the police, reported ANI.