Road rage or extortion mafia? How a Bengaluru man’s ordeal points to a disturbing pattern

After Deepak shared his ordeal and the video of the attack on X, many came forward to share their similar stories.

ByNolan Patrick Pinto | Mahesh M Goudar

Published Jun 03, 2024 | 5:47 PMUpdatedJun 03, 2024 | 6:49 PM

Bengaluru Marketing professional's car attacked

Deepak Jain, a marketing professional in Bengaluru, was on his way to a meeting in his car on Sunday, 2 June when he came close to being assaulted and his car was damaged. “I could have lost my life to his aggression,” said Deepak, recollecting his ordeal.

On Sunday morning, around 11.40 am, Deepak was driving on Vibgyor High School Road when a grey Ola scooter overtook his car from the left. It took him a while to realise that he was being followed by the unknown miscreant in the scooter, who started yelling, shouting and honking for Deepak to stop.

Taking to X to tell what transpired, he wrote, “A grey Ola scooter (KA 03 KU 6880) randomly overtook my car from the left side. Nothing suspicious so far. A few hundred meters ahead, I realized he was following me and started yelling, shouting, and honking for me to stop. He obstructed my way and parked his scooter in front of my car. In a fit of rage, he picked up a tender coconut shell from the road.”

After smashing the right-side window of his car, the unknown miscreant kept insisting he open the car door, says Deepak. When he didn’t budge, he “broke the right ORVM (outer rear view mirror), continuing to yell aggressively. … smashed the window multiple times, and threw the shell on the car’s back glass as I tried to escape from the frightening situation and drive away,” explains Deepak.

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Pre-planned and organised? 

Speaking exclusively to South First about the traumatic experience, Deepak said that it seemed like an organised and templatised crime that had happened before.

He pointed out, “This seems to be some organised and proper templatised crime. Similar incidents have been taking place.”

Terrified for several hours after the attack, Deepak eventually filed a complaint with the Varthur police who filed a non-cognizable offence. Though he wasn’t injured physically, Deepak says the mental trauma he went through was frightening.

Deepak’s ordeal doesn’t end there

After Deepak drove away from the miscreant, yet another vehicle, this time a car tried to obstruct his way. He believes that they both belong to the same gang.

Explaining further about the dreadful day on X, he wrote, “A grey Renault Triber (KA 04 MW 2000) attempted to obstruct my way about 300 meters after the incident. I suspect they might be part of the same gang, given the suspicious behaviour of the driver.

After smashing the right-side window of his car, the unknown miscreant kept forcing Deepak to open his door. When Deepak didn’t budge, he “broke the right ORVM (outer rear view mirror), continuing to yell aggressively… smashed the window multiple times, and threw the shell on the car’s back glass as I tried to escape from the frightening situation and drive away,” explains Deepak.

After Deepak shared his ordeal and the video of the attack on X, many came forward to share their similar stories.

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What do the cops say? 

DCP Whitefield Dr Shivakumar told South First: “This incident had come to our notice as soon as it was posted on social media. We were planning to take up a suo-moto case, however, he responded to our post and registered an FIR connected to the incident.”

“We have ascertained the electric two-wheeler details that was seen in the video. We have not yet arrested anyone connected to this incident.”

The DCP further added, “The complainant alleged that the accused hit his car with a huge stone but in reality, it was coconut. Several such incidents contradict the claims. We will investigate it thoroughly and ascertain the facts in this incident.”

When asked about others who came forward to their encounters with road rage or extortion attempts on social media, the DCP pointed out: “There are various factors that come into play when it comes to road rage cases. In most cases, a minor accident will lead to an altercation.”

“In most cases, especially in those where people record it on dashcam and post on social media, people will be narrating a one-sided story but when we investigate, the other half of the story gives us a different perspective on the allegations.”

The DCP explained that most people who post on social media do not come forward to file a complaint.

(Edited by Neena)