Mum: Slum-dwellers beat up 3 air traffic staffers

Mumbai: Three air traffic controllers from Mumbai airport were beaten by 20-odd slum-dwellers at New Airport , Vile Parle, on Sunday night.

“One of them was taken to hospital,” said Rajiv Saxena, general manager, , Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The colony, that houses AAI staff, is adjacent to . A controller said, “Men from nearby Bamanwada slums hang out at our colony grounds. They drink and abuse; it’s a menace.” He said the fight began after a controller asked slum-dwellers blocking a path to move. “They were drunk. They beat him. Other AAI residents who came to his rescue were also beaten,” he said. Asource said, “The situation was quite tense. We took the matter to the police as they said that the slum-dwellers have threatened to retaliate.”

At the time of going to press, the police were yet to register a complaint.
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