On September 28, barely two months before he was arrested for allegedly raping a 27-year-old woman passenger, Uber taxi driver Shiv Kumar Yadav went to a police station in West Delhi — but as a ‘victim’.
In an FIR registered with the Rajouri Garden police station, Yadav, who himself faces at least eight cases in his native Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh, stated that he was bringing two passengers from Gurgaon to Rajouri Garden when he met two men at Tagore Garden who too sat in his taxi. The passengers made him “sniff something” following which he fell unconscious, according to the FIR. He claimed he woke up to find he had been robbed off his two cellphones and Rs 1,500 cash.
Curiously though, the complaint the 32-year-old registered prior to the registration of the FIR mentioned that two women had hired his taxi from Iffco Chowk, while the FIR mentions only “passengers”.
According to the complaint, then women had reportedly used his phone to call their ‘friend’ who they claimed was waiting at Mahipalpur. When he reached the Gurdwara at Raghubir Nagar, two men flagged him down and requested him to allow them a ride. Yadav claimed he refused and after a while he fell unconscious. He claimed that he woke up to find his belongings missing.
Following the FIR, the Delhi Police arrested two men. The men reportedly had committed a similar crime before. Two Micromax phones were recovered from them.
Sub-Inspector Gurcharan Gill, the investigating officer of the case, told The Indian Express, “The men were arrested after Yadav gave us some leads. They were both residents of Raghubir Nagar but I am unable to recall their names. It took two or three days to arrest them. Two Micromax phones were recovered from their possession.”
At the time the FIR was filed, Yadav was employed with Uber and was driving the same Swift Dzire car DL 1Y D 7910 which had allegedly been used in the commission of the rape last week. Sources said the Delhi Police were investigating the case along with the latest crime.
According to the FIR accessed by The Indian Express, Yadav stated: “Around 2 am on September 28, I was travelling to Rajouri Garden from Iffco Chowk where I had picked up two passengers. When I reached Tagore Garden’s meat market, two men, who appeared to be in the age group of 20 and 22 years, sat in the taxi and asked me to drive them a little further. We reached the Gurdwara at Raghubir Nagar when the two men made me smell something following which I fell unconscious. When I woke up I found I had been robbed off my Apple and Micromax phones and Rs 1,500 cash.”
However, the complaint filed on the same day mentions categorically that Yadav was waiting at Iffco Chowk when “two women asked to hire my taxi. We agreed on Rs 500 from Gurgaon to Rajouri Garden. After that they asked me that one more girl is waiting on Mahipalpur road so I said ok I will pick her from there”.
The complaint states that the women then asked Yadav if he could call their friend since they didn’t have any balance on their phones. The third woman was then reportedly picked from Mahipalpur. “At 2.45 am, I reached Raghubir Nagar near Mehta Chowk Gurdwara. There I found two more persons waiting. They asked me to take them a little further. I refused. I asked them to get down from the car and that I didn’t need any money, but they refused. After that they did something and I fell unconscious. I woke up at 6.45 am and found that my Apple, Micromax phones and my Rs 1,500 cash were not there,” the complaint says.