Uber driver hits rider, breaks nose & fingers
Bengaluru: A 30-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by an Uber driver and left bleeding on the road with a broken nose, two fractured fingers and multiple injuries to his face and head in south Bengaluru’s Suddaguntepalya area last week. Abir Chandra, a sales manager with a global FMCG company, is the fourth victim of cabbie rage in a fortnight.
Chandra, who has been living in the city for the last six months, regularly commutes to and from work by cab. On July 6, he had booked an UberPool — a shared cab service — and his request was accepted by one Anush R. Chandra claimed that the driver, for whom he had waited for about half an hour, was already upset when he arrived to pick him up.
Chandra, who was travelling home to Marathahalli from his office in Jayanagar, was alone in the cab and requested the driver to “drive a bit faster” as he had guests waiting at home. “In the middle of my trip, the driver told me to get out of the car as there was a lot of traffic on the road. When I refused, he pulled me out of the car and when I pushed him back, he punched me and banged his head on my face. I started bleeding from my nose and mouth,” Chandra told TOI. “When I tried to defend myself, the driver called other locals and started hitting me again,” he added.
“I was left bleeding on the road with a broken nose, two fractured fingers of my right hand and multiple injuries to the face and head. I experienced dizziness and vomiting, and a CT scan revealed injuries to my brain channels and blood clots behind my eyes. There are chances of permanent damage as well in the future,” said Chandra. “Though I lodged a complaint with Suddaguntepalya police the same day, I’ve been unable to follow up with cops as I was under treatment,” Chandra said.
Police, however, said they have received complaints from both the passenger and the driver, alleging that both have been assaulted.
After receiving Chandra’s complaint, Uber wrote in an email that it has “barred the driver pending further investigation” and “...Due to the critical nature of the incident reported, we have escalated the matter to the team concerned.” Amob
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