Mumbai, July 7: A drunk man climbed up Doordarshan Kendra’s TV Tower in Worli yesterday and threatened to jump off the 350-metre tall tower. A high-voltage drama ensued after the man refused to climb down the tower and said he would speak only to the media. The man identified as Ayodhhya Paswan from Vithalwadi in Thane is a driver who was recently fired from his job. He scaled the television tower in a bid to get two demands fulfilled- firstly good salary for drivers and secondly bonus for drivers.
Paswan divulged this little information only after police and fire officers posed as media persons and set up fake cameras to assure him of media presence. Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Devendra Shivaji Patil posed as a reporter and called up Paswan and it is then that he opened up about his demands and how he got fired from his job. Paswan was brought down nearly four hours after the whole thing started. He was then taken to the Worli police station and was slapped with a fine of Rs. 5000 for entering a restricted premise.
Zonal DCP Virendra Mishra said,”Paswan had worked at three places in 13 years. He said he wanted drivers to get good salary and bonus.”
Chaos started at 2.30 am last night when the Mumbai fire brigade was dialed up and informed about a trespasser climbing up a television tower. It is still unknown as to how Paswan entered and climbed the TV tower. A police said,”Paswan was drunk. He himself called the police control room and said he was climbing the tower, but then would not respond to our calls.” Though the police and fire brigade officials instantly reached the spot, it took two hours to locate him on the tower exactly. “It was only after dawn that we noticed him on a small platform,” said a fire officer. Paswan finally came down at 7 am after much convincing from all the officials.