Uber cab suffers as driver accused of rape in Delhi; firm accused of criminal negligence

By: | Updated: December 8, 2014 11:16 AM

The police have issued a notice to Uber cabs under section 161 CrPC after woman accuses its driver of rape.

Activists of AISA and JNUSU protest against the rape by Uber cab driver, outside Police headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia).Activists of AISA and JNUSU protest against the rape by Uber cab driver, outside Police headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia).

A 27-year-old woman has accused an Uber cabs driver of rape here on Friday night, while she was on her way home from a night out partying.

The man was arrested today from Mathura even as the US-based cab firm Uber with whom he worked was directed by Delhi police to join its probe – the company is under scanner for the method it uses to run its operations in India.

Cops said that during investigations prime facie it has emerged that criminal negligence was made out on the part of Uber as a number of alleged shortcomings were found on their part as neither the driver was verified nor there was a GPS tracking device in the car.

The police have issued a notice to Uber under section 161 CrPC.

“We have issued them a notice to join investigation. There are norms to operate such cab service set by the Transport Department and we will see whether they were followed or not,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma.

The 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav was apprehended from Mathura on Sunday, his home town, by a team of Delhi Police with the help of their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh for the rape of the financial company executive.

Uber issued a statement, saying that it was providing all help to the police in the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible crime and we are working with the police as they investigate. We will assist them in any way we can. It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following allegations of a serious incident, which we have done,” it said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma revealed that, “The accused (Yadav) has been arrested from Mathura with the help of Uttar Pradesh police. He is being brought to Delhi”.

Yadav, who was driving the Uber cab, allegedly raped the woman at around 9:30 PM on Friday when the victim, who works for a company in Gurgaon, was headed back to Inderlok, north Delhi.

The Uber cab in which the crime took place was owned by Yadav and he was traced through his mobile number and has been handed over to Delhi police.

As a massive search operation involving 12 Delhi police teams was on in Mathura and other parts of Uttar Pradesh to nab the accused, Delhi Police had earlier in the day announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for his arrest.

According to the Police, Yadav was residing in a rented accommodation in Chandarpuri locality in Mathura and when the police team reached at his residence, he was not found there.

In the evening, the joint team headed by ASP Ajay Pal of Uttar Pradesh Police apprehended the accused from a house at Meer Magan Highway in Mathura which was at a distance of about one km from his rented accommodation.

The police also said that identity of the owner of the house from where Yadav was arrested was yet to be ascertained.

It said Yadav originally hails from Elau police station area of Mainpuri district in Uttar Pradesh.

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