De­liv­ery boy booked for rape bid in Noida

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - Shikha.Salaria @times­group.com

Noida: Po­lice are look­ing for a 30-year-old Ama­zon de­liv­ery agent who went to a woman’s flat on Mon­day to pick up re­turned items and al­legedly at­tempted to rape her af­ter an ar­gu­ment.

The in­ci­dent could bring un­der scru­tiny the screen­ing mech­a­nism used by so­ci­eties for de­liv­ery agents from all kinds of ser­vice providers who fre­quent flats across Delhi and its sub­urbs.

The 43-year-old cus­tomer, who works in a pri­vate firm, said in her com­plaint that she had pur­chased a prod­uct on Ama­zon con­tain­ing five small boxes, and filed a return re­quest for all of them.

The pick-up agent, who gave his name as Bhu­pen­dra Pal in the so­ci­ety’s en­try reg­is­ter, al­legedly hyp­no­tised the woman, af­ter which she had a black­out, her sis­ter said later.

When she came to her senses, she saw the man stand­ing in front of her with his pants low­ered, af­ter which she screamed for help, she added. The po­lice com­plaint too says the woman was hyp­no­tised.

The woman rushed to the wash­room and brought out a floor wiper with which she beat up the de­liv­ery agent, who then quickly fled the spot, her sis­ter said.

The de­liv­ery agent had come to pickup the item around 11.20am on Mon­day. The woman’s sis­ter told he re­fused to pick up the en­tire con­sign­ment, claim­ing that he was sup­posed to ac­cept only four boxes, not five.

“This led to an ar­gu­ment be­tween the two. My sis­ter spoke to the cus­tomer care and com­plained about the de­liv­ery boy. They as­sured her that her return for all five boxes will be pro­cessed again on Oc­to­ber 9 (Wed­nes­day),” she said.

Bhu­pen­dra, who works as de­liv­ery as­so­ciate with Ama­zon through a ser­vice provider, went down­stairs, only to return min­utes later. He al­legedly told the woman he would pick up the five boxes, her sis­ter said. “As my sis­ter had al­ready spo­ken to the cus­tomer care, she told him that she would not give him the pack­age now,” she said.

That was when the woman be­came un­con­scious and was mo­lested, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

The woman’s sis­ter ar­rived at the flat around 2pm and called the num­ber that Bhu­pen­dra had writ­ten in the en­try reg­is­ter. “When I asked him where he came from, he said that he had come from the Ama­zon pick-up of­fice in Sec­tor 58 and then dis­con­nected,” she said, adding they had also filed a com­plaint with Ama­zon.

SI Pradeep Ku­mar, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the case, told TOI they had checked the en­try reg­is­ter and the man’s de­tails were found to be cor­rect.

Dhar­men­dra Sharma, SHO, Sec­tor 49 po­lice sta­tion, said an FIR was lodged against Bhu­pen­dra un­der IPC sec­tions 376 (rape) and 511 (pun­ish­ment for at­tempt­ing to com­mit of­fences pun­ish­able with im­pris­on­ment for life).

Aspokesper­son for Ama­zon said, “Safety is of ut­most im­por­tance to us and these al­le­ga­tions are trou­bling. We are tak­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion with our de­liv­ery ser­vice provider and po­lice as they in­ves­ti­gate.”

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