A 25-year-old woman from Rwanda was arrested Monday for allegedly beating up and robbing an Ola cab driver along with her five associates. Police said the incident was reported from south Delhi’s Mehrauli area, barely 50 metres away from Rajpur Khurd village where seven Africans were allegedly attacked by groups of locals in four separate incidents last week.
Police are on the lookout for the others accused. Sources said the woman, identified as Kefa, was earlier arrested from Bangalore for staying illegally in India with forged documents. “Investigators are coordinating with the foreigner regional registration officer (FRRO) to get more details about her. She lives in a rented house in Rajpur Khurd village,” added the sources.
DCP (south) Ishwar Singh said the incident occurred at 4 am when the group, comprising four African men and two women, booked an Ola cab.
The driver, Nooruddin (51), went to pick them up in his Swift Desire. He said, “The group had booked the cab from Rajpur Khurd to Dwarka. On seeing that there were six persons, I told them that I cannot accommodate more than four passengers. They initially argued with me, but later said they would get off and take another cab once we reached the main road.”
He added, “When we reached the main road, I stopped my car and asked them to book another vehicle. Two of them were sitting in the front seat and others behind. However, they refused and began to misbehave with me. They forced me to start the car.”
Nooruddin said one of the women caught his collar and started to scream at him.
Before he could react, the driver said one of the male passengers punched his face and started to beat him up. “I managed to get out of the car and called for help. Some auto-rickshaw and cab drivers stopped their vehicles. Seeing them, the accused fled after robbing me of Rs 10,000 in cash,” said Nooruddin.
However, he said he managed to catch hold of one of the women, Kefa. A senior officer said, “Passersby informed police who reached the spot. The victim sustained deep wounds on his face and was taken to hospital. The woman was arrested and a case of causing hurt, wrongful confinement and robbery has been registered. The other accused have been identified and will be nabbed soon.”