Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Uber driver attempts young woman abduction in auto, fails, held in Delhi

Uber driver attempts young woman abduction in auto, fails, held in Delhi

After the primary investigations, it was found that the accused was driving the cab even though he was not registered with Uber.

On March 9, the young woman booked herself a cab from her office in Kundli (Haryana) to her residence in Rohini Sector 3. When the driver took an isolated route, she panicked and when tried to jump out of the auto, the driver activated the central locking system.

It is learnt that the Uber cab did not have yellow commercial number plate had tinted glasses as well. Once he quit, Amit employed the accused, Sanjeev alias Sanju, but didn't inform the company as he did not want to pay the charges associated with changing the driver.

Responding to the allegations, an Uber spokesperson called it a case of "identity theft" and issued a statement saying the company immediately removed the driver partner's access to the Uber app. Finding herself lost, the woman tried to jump off cab but failed as the driver had centrally locked the vehicle. "A case under IPC sections 365, 354-A, 342 and 506 was registered", said DCP (northwest) Aslam Khan.

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The driver, who was allegedly drunk, took the vehicle along a secluded route in Narela. "The woman quickly dialled the police control room number even as the driver escaped with the vehicle", said the officer.

The woman grew suspicious of the driver as his face did not match with the image of the driver provided by Uber on their app, they said. Eventually, when the auto slowed down at one point, she managed to unlock the door and jump out before making a PCR call. The driver absconded from the spot with his vehicle. We immediately removed the driver partner's access to the Uber App and will take strict action against him for letting an unregistered driver without a licence access his account and take trips via Uber App.

On the midnight of 9th and 10th March, The police traced the driver in Janti Kalan Village with the help of information provided by the Uber and it came to light that the vehicle which was registered with the Uber does not belong to the accused. "We stand ready to support the law enforcement authorities with any information needed for their investigation", stated an Uber spokesperson.

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