Gutsy woman takes 7 rowdy auto drivers to cleaners Mamtha Sampath, abused and heckled by the drivers in Shantinagar, took down their vehicle numbers and clicked their photos â€¦ and the police did the rest Manasi Paresh Kumar Posted On Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 08:27:47 AM It is a lesson that seven auto drivers will never forget, and an inspiration for commuters in Bangalore. A spunky young woman, confronted by the rowdy drivers, refused to blink, and showed presence of mind to have them arrested. Mamtha Sampath is grateful to the police for acting quickly on her complaint It was around 2 pm on September 29. Mamtha Sampath emerged from her Shantinagar home to take an auto to Commercial Street. Near Divyashree Chambers, she found seven autos waiting for passengers. Seeing her, the auto drivers perked up. When she told one of them her destination â€” just about 4 km away â€” the auto driver demanded Rs 150. As per the auto fare chart, a 4-km ride could cost Rs 38 at the most. The other auto drivers, too, told Sampath they would not take her for anything less than Rs 150. The young woman, instead of protesting, simply clicked photographs of the drivers and the number plates of their autos. Beasts bare fangs This enraged the auto drivers. All seven of them charged at Sampath, hurling abuses at her. They even pushed her around. â€œThey kept challenging me that I could do nothing even with all the pictures of them and their autos,â€ Sampath told Bangalore Mirror while relating her ordeal. But she is no doormat Scared, but not out of her wits, Sampath looked around for another auto, and managed to find one. The seven rowdies threatened the new-comer to the scene not to take the girl. But the Good Samaritan refused to be cowed down and Sampath escaped from the spot. She went straight to Ashoknagar police station and filed a complaint against the seven auto drivers. â€œI did not know their names, but had pictures of them and their number plates,â€ she said. Action taken While filing the complaint, Sampath had little hope that any action would be taken by the police. But two days later, she got a call from Ashoknagar police station, asking her to come over and identify the men. â€œThe cops told me that they had seized the vehicles and brought in the drivers. I went there and found the same guys who had threatened me. Even in the police station, they foul-mouthed me,â€ she said. Sampath, an avid Bangalore Mirror reader, said she did not know what ultimately happened to the drivers. â€œI just want to share my story to let others know that there still is hope. The officers on duty at the Ashoknagar police station were Suresh and Raghavendra, and I would like to thank them for doing their duty,â€ she said. D Radhakrishna, an inspector of Ashoknagar police station, said that all seven auto drivers have been taken to task by the cops. They have also been told to submit a written apology to Sampath. The matter has been referred to the traffic police for further action on the accused drivers.