ANDHRA PRADESH

Uber driver held for harassing passenger

An Uber cab driver accused of making indecent gestures at a woman passenger while taking her from Kondapur to the airport in Shamshabad was arrested by Madhapur police on Saturday.

The accused Daadi Praveen Kumar was presented before the local court and remanded in judicial custody. The complainant, a marketing employee from Delhi, recently moved to Hyderabad having joined a new company.

On Thursday around 7 a.m., she started for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad to catch a Delhi-bound flight and boarded the taxi. Drivers going from Madhapur, Kondapur or Gachchibowli take Outer Ring Road to reach the airport.

Indecent gestures

Soon after entering the ORR from the bustling Kondapur locality, the 27-year-old driver started behaving strangely. He made some indecent gestures and began staring at her. Even as the passenger felt uncomfortable, he started masturbating while driving the car.

The woman shouted at him and forced him to stop the car. She got out of the vehicle, got into another cab and reached the airport.

On reaching Delhi, she lodged a complaint with the local police there.

Subsequently, she complained online to the Cyberabad police. On receipt of the mail from the woman, the Madhapur police rushed to the Uber office, collected details of the car driver.

“Actually the accused is the owner of the car. He hired a driver to run it but on Thursday he drove the taxi because the driver was on leave,” the police said.

He was arrested from his house in Hafeezpet.

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