Harass cuffs on app cab driver

A woman who had booked an app cab at Mukundapur to travel home to Madhyamgram was allegedly forced by the driver to get off the car along with her friends near the Baguiati intersection, around 10km ahead of the destination, late on Sunday.

By Snehal Sengupta
  • Published 11.09.18
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Baguiati: A woman who had booked an app cab at Mukundapur to travel home to Madhyamgram was allegedly forced by the driver to get off the car along with her friends near the Baguiati intersection, around 10km ahead of the destination, late on Sunday.

The driver - who was arrested following a call made by the woman to 100, the police helpline - also allegedly abused the passengers.

A patrol team of Baguiati police station was directed by the control room to the location given by the woman, who had also conveyed the car's registration number to the officer who answered her call. The police team reached the area within 10 minutes and spotted the cab near the Baguiati intersection on VIP Road.

"The driver, Vinay Shaw, was arguing loudly with the passengers. We asked him to ferry the passengers - two men and two women - to their destination but he refused," an officer who was part of the patrol team said.

Shaw was then arrested.

"A team was sent as soon as we got the distress call. The driver has been arrested," said Amit Javalgi, deputy commissioner, headquarters, Bidhannagar commissionerate.

The 27-year-old woman who booked the ride told the police that the driver had refused to ferry her and her companions to Madhyamgram as soon as he reached the pick-up location. The four approached a traffic sergeant at the Mukundapur crossing, who asked Shaw to ferry them to their destination.

An officer said Shaw started misbehaving with the passengers after hitting VIP Road. "He told them he would ferry them till the airport gate number 1, from where they could book another cab. When the women protested, he misbehaved with them," the officer said.

Shaw pulled over near the Baguiati crossing and asked the passengers to get off the vehicle. He then asked them to pay for the ride till Baguiati. When the passengers refused, he started abusing them.