Cab drivers in Bengaluru were once again in the news for the wrong reasons. This time an Uber driver on Wednesday allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old software engineer after an argument ensued over the fare charge.
The incident happened when the engineer questioned the driver who demanded a higher fare than what the man booked the cab for, in advance. The young man had to go to Kempegowda International Airport.
The altercation escalated soon with the driver allegedly landing a punch on the customer’s face, causing him to bleed from the nose.
The victim, Aneek Roy, who works at an IT firm at Whitefield, told the police that he had booked the Uber’s Airport Pool cab from his apartment at Hoodi. He was going to Kolkata to celebrate Dussehra with his family.
A senior police official said that when the techie was loading his luggage in the cab, the driver, identified as Harish KS, demanded that he “pay the Uber Go fare in advance”.
Roy argued that he booked a shared ride, after which the driver allegedly refused to drop him and insisted that he cancel the ride. Roy refused to this, pointing out that he would have to pay cancellation charges and instead threatened the driver of raising a complaint against him on the app.
Enraged after Roy didn’t comply with his demands, the driver started throwing the techie’s bags out. As the altercation became tense, the driver punched the engineer “so hard that he started bleeding profusely”, a police officer said.
Police also said the techie has sustained a nasal bone dislocation. He was not allowed to board the flight to Kolkata, even after reaching the airport on time after he boarding another cab, the police added.
A case has been filed in Mahadevapura police station and the accused driver has been charged under sections 323 (assault), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
A probe is underway but the police are yet to find the driver, who is absconding since then.
Meanwhile, Uber has confirmed that the driver has been suspended and his access to the online platform has been removed following the complaint.