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Uber driver arrested in Kolkata for obscene act

The Uber cab driver was arrested by police on Monday night

By: IANS | Kolkata | Published: July 22, 2015 8:31 am
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A cab driver, contracted to Uber, was arrested in Kolkata for an alleged obscene act in the presence of a woman passenger in the cab, police said late Tuesday.

A police officer said the 25-year-old woman, an employee of a shopping mall in Kolkata, complained that while travelling in the cab from Elgin Road to Netaji Nagar on July 8 she noticed through the looking glass that the driver was “masturbating with one hand and driving with the other”.

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The driver, Pintu Yadav, was arrested on Monday night from Kustia Road under Tiljala police station after he was kept under watch for days, the police officer said.

Reacting to the development, Uber spokesperson Karun Arya said the driver has been suspended and the company assisted the local authorities with all information during the investigation.

“In this case, we immediately connected with our rider, suspended the driver, partner and assisted the local authorities with all necessary information required for their investigation,” the spokesperson said.

The statement claimed the rider was ‘satisfied’ with the company’s immediate assistance and action.

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  1. Raman Krishnan
    Jul 22, 2015 at 8:49 am
    Immediate action by Uber is to be appreciated. Uber should apply stringent verification of the drives they employ or hire and should have the mechanism to check their behaviour while on duty. In this case the rider is able to notice and report, but the same cannot be expected from other riders.
    1. C
      Jul 22, 2015 at 10:11 am
      what if there was a genuine itch on his member and he was just scratching there like any other part of the body,after all he wasnt facing her,and any way how did the woman know he was mas********g, had she seen anyone doing it before,she should be questioned