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Ola driver arrested for ‘misbehaving’ with woman passenger, daughter

The accused, identified as Praveen, has been arrested, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Mandeep Singh Randhawa.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
Updated: November 4, 2015 2:31:01 am

The driver of an Ola taxi was arrested after a woman accused him of misbehaving with her and her 18-year-old daughter on Monday night. The complainant is a joint-secretary rank official posted with the railway ministry.

The accused, identified as Praveen, has been arrested, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Mandeep Singh Randhawa.

Police investigations have revealed that the cab didn’t have a global positioning system (GPS), said sources, adding that while the taxi service had sent the woman details of one driver, another one had arrived to pick her up.

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According to the police, the incident took place at about 9 pm on Monday, when the complainant was returning home, along with her daughter. “At about 8.30 pm, she booked a cab through the App and got the details of a driver, Arvind Babu. A cab driver, who came in his white Wagon-R, picked up the two of them.  She asked him to take them to their residence. But after some time, she noticed that he was taking them via a wrong route,” said the police.

When the woman asked him why he had taken the wrong route, the driver claimed that he was not aware of the way.

On being asked to activate his GPS, he told her that he didn’t have GPS in his car, said the police.

“Fearing that something was amiss, she then asked him to make a call to the OLA customer center and asked him his name. He introduced himself as Praveen. He then made a call to another person, allegedly the owner of the car, who told the woman that he was a senior executive of OLA company,” said the police.

Praveen then allegedly stopped his cab in an isolated area at Mathura Road. “He started misbehaving with the woman and her daughter… he even threatened them,” said the police.

The woman then made a call to the Police Control Room (PCR).  In her FIR, the woman has said that the policemen in the PCR sought personal details about her in front of the cab driver.

Policemen from Hazarat Nizamuddin police station as well as the PCR soon reached the spot. “On the basis of her complaint, a case was registered under sections 509, 506 and 188 of the IPC. Police later arrested the accused and impounded the vehicle,” said a police officer.

A spokesperson for Ola taxi service said, “We don’t have direct knowledge of this incident. We will look into the matter and do the needful”.

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