Moga: A taxi driver, who offered to drop a woman waiting for a bus to her destination free of charge, allegedly raped her at a deserted place after giving her a cola drink that he had laced with intoxicant.

The woman, a widow hailing from Moga in Punjab, was waiting for a bus here when she agreed to sit in the taxi of a man who offered her lift, police said on Saturday. The woman was returning to Moga after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Nanaksar near Jagroan in Ludhiana district. When they reached Ajitwal here, the driver stopped the vehicle and offered her the cola laced with some intoxicant which she consumed, police said.

Later, when she turned unconscious, the driver took her to some isolated place where he committed the crime. When the victim regained her senses, she informed the passers-by who called up the police. A case has been registered. -- PTI