Uber driver hits rider, breaks nose & fin­gers

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION | POLITICS POLICY - Chethan.Ku­mar@ times­group.com

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

lynched an op­er­a­tive of a banned Left wing ter­ror out­fit and in­jured an­other for try­ing to ex­tort money from a vil­lager in Jhark­hand’s Late­har district on Fri­day. Ram­jeet Ram, an op­er­a­tive of the Jhark­hand Jan Mukti Par­ishad (JJMP), was lynched while Daroga Oraon of the same group was griev­ously in­jured at Bariy­atu vil­lage near un­der Manika po­lice sta­tion in the early hours of Fri­day, po­lice said. The de­ceased was from Manika block’s Met­long vil­lage and the in­jured, un­der­go­ing treat­ment with po­lice pro­tec­tion, is from Palamu’s Les­l­ie­ganj po­lice sta­tion area.

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