Can you imagine a person driving a luxury car and skipping an insignificant amount of toll tax? Sounds weird? Right. But this just happened. In an unusual incident, a person traveling in a Mercedes car showed a fake letter to the toll attendant to escape paying Rs 60 toll at Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. As police investigated, it was found that the letter was fake and a case of cheating and forgery was filed against the person. Yes, you read it right. The incident took place at around 8:20 pm on Thursday. The fake letter presented by the person driving the Mercedes identified him as Bhavik Bhanushali. The car also had a protocol sticker and the letter stated that the car was exempted from paying toll at the Mumbai Entry Point Ltd and IRB tolls on Mumbai Pune Express Way, MSRDC, National Highway 4 and Pune-Nashik toll points till December 2018. Besides, a logo of MEPL and signature of the firm’s vice chairman and managing director was found on the letter.
MEPL is Mumbai Entry Point Ltd, the firm assigned the task to collect toll on behalf of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. “The car had a protocol sticker and the driver showed a letter to the toll attendant informing him that the car was exempt from toll,” said Senior Police Inspector Pandit Thackeray of the Bandra police station. What led to the investigation was the suspicion of toll attendant who sensed something fishy after going through the letter. The attendant captured the image of the letter and sent it to his senior colleague to cross-check. However, the car was allowed to leave at that point as the inquiry was taking time and was blocking the path of the cars lined up behind.
After further investigation by the senior departments, it was confirmed that the letter presented by the driver was fake and a case of cheating and forgery was registered against him. For tracking down the driver, the registration number of the car was forwarded to the Regional Transport office. To help their case, and allow further investigation, the booth employees have the footage of the incident which CCTV camera has captured.