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Melbourne: Indian cabbie charged for assaulting passenger

Last updated on: February 04, 2010 11:50 IST

The Victorian police arrested and charged an Indian cabbie on Thursday who had allegedly knocked off his passenger.

According to an AAP report, the 25-year-old passenger was involved in a heated argument with the cab driver around 10 pm (Australian eastern daylight time) on Wednesday, as they pulled over in Acland Street in southern Melbourne.

The report said a witness said the passenger tried to walk away, but the cab driver chased him down and had to be restrained by security staff working at a nearby business.

The passenger kept walking away as the cab driver then grabbed a baton from the boot of his cab, drove up next to the passenger and allegedly starting striking the man repeatedly with the weapon, the witness says.

"Within a few minutes, many other cab drivers, all of them Indian, all turned up," witness Karen was quoted as saying.

She said, "And I could just see how out of hand this is all getting."

Paramedics said they treated the passenger for bruising and swelling to his upper body and took him to The Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

The 32-year-old cab driver was arrested and later charged with intentionally causing injury and two counts of unlawful assault.

The police said they could not discuss the case further because the cab driver was facing charges before the courts.

He is expected to make a court appearance in Melbourne magistrates' court at a later date.
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