Uber In­dia seeks com­pen­sa­tion from taxi own­ers and driver as­so­ci­a­tions?

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Uber In­dia has ap­proached the Bom­bay High Court, claim in­dus­try sources, seek­ing Rs.12 crore in dam­ages from taxi own­ers and drivers as­so­ci­a­tions for harm­ing its rep­u­ta­tion, and the liveli­hood of drivers by protest­ing against the com­pany. Sources state that the com­pany has sought an in­junc­tion to re­strain the de­fen­dants from stop­ping Uber drivers to work. The com­pany has al­leged that its cab drivers have been ver­bally abused, phys­i­cally as­saulted and threat­ened by taxi own­ers and drivers as­so­ci­a­tion. The suit, claim in­dus­try sources, refers to the protest held by taxi own­ers and drivers as­so­ci­a­tions at Azad Maidan in March. Sev­eral Uber cars were al­legedly dam­aged and their cus­tomers and drivers threat­ened with dire con­se­quences. Sources claim fur­ther that the mo­bile de­vices (with Uber App) of the driver part­ners of Uber were forcibly snatched and their ve­hi­cles were dam­aged; pas­sen­gers tak­ing trips un­der the Uber App. were forced out of the ve­hi­cles, and driver part­ners were ver­bally abused, threat­ened and even phys­i­cally as­saulted. Uber In­dia is known to claim a to­tal of 830 in­ci­dents where their driver part­ner or pas­sen­ger trav­el­ling in Uber cabs were ha­rassed. The suit is likely to come up for hear­ing soon.

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