The Delhi-based woman and her boyfriend, who belonged to Kolkata and were allegedly murdered by a taxi driver and his three accomplices in Uttarakhand, had taken a shared taxi to Tiger Falls probably because they could not afford to hire a car.
Anil Chandna, a shopkeeper at the Chakrata market, said they had been asking around about the trekking route to the falls. “The man seemed reluctant to pay Rs 1,500 for a full taxi.
He asked me about the trekking route to Tiger Falls, but I advised him against it. They booked two seats in a shared vehicle probably because of financial constraints,” Anil said. Local residents said tourists rarely took shared vehicles to go to the Tiger Falls. “These (shared) vehicles are usually used by the local people or meant for transporting goods.
It is very surprising that the woman and her friend decided to take a shared taxi,” Lebru Das who works in the local forest rest house, said. He added that shared vehicles usually charged Rs 50 per person for Tiger Falls.
Meanwhile, residents of Tungrauli village, where all four accused come from, were shocked to find out that Raju Das (taxi driver), Bablu Das, Guddu Das and Kundan Das, were allegedly involved in the murder of the two tourists. “He (Raju) was in the village in the first half of Diwali. But he could not be spotted in the village later,” Keshar Singh from Tungrauli said.