In yet another instance of high-handedness, the son of a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and his friends allegedly beat up and stabbed a toll plaza manager in the state's Rangareddy district.
The incident, which occurred on Monday night at the Kadthal toll plaza on the Srisailam highway, was also caught on camera.
The main accused Manish Goud, is the son of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) corporator Laxmi Prasanna from BN Reddy Nagar and TRS party in-charge of LB Nagar, Ram Mohan Goud, India Today reported.
The video shows a group of youngsters manhandle another man, presumably a toll booth employee, whose clothes have been ripped.
Holding the knife in one hand, a youngster is seen threatening the man, before leaving him and chasing behind another person.
The police said that the youngsters were inebriated and the fight broke out after the toll staff asked them to pay Rs 30.
News18 reported that the toll supervisor who intervened when the dispute broke out was also stabbed, and rushed to the hospital.
The report adds that it was an employee of the toll booth that recorded the video.
As the video surfaced, the police arrested all six accused, and booked them under Section 307 of the IPC (Attempt to murder).
The incident even reached Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao, who promised that action would be taken.
#TRS leader son caught stabbing a toll plaza staff for asking him to pay â‚¹30 as toll tax at Kadthal toll plaza of Mahabubnagar #Telangana pic.twitter.com/UtLYJtgoVTâ€” Aashish (@Ashi_IndiaToday) August 1, 2017
Absolutely, action will be taken. https://t.co/qlFq82OffGâ€” KTR (@KTRTRS) August 1, 2017
This is also not the first such incident to be reported from the two Telugu states in recent times.
In April this year, sons of Hindpur MP Nimmala Kristappa, N Ambarish and N Shirish, smashed the window glass of a toll booth in Karnataka after being asked to pay a toll fee.
The accused broke the window and computers in the counter and also threatened the staff members, police said.
Following the complaint filed by the staff of the toll plaza, five people were detained by the Bagepalli police.
However, both the sons of the MP walked out of custody a day later as they were granted bail.