Uber Cab rape case: Accused Shiv Kumar sent to three-day remand

Uber Cab rape case: Accused Shiv Kumar sent to three-day remand

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM
New Delhi: A driver, working for US-based cab service provider Uber, was remanded in police custody for three days by a Delhi court for allegedly raping a 27-year-old woman executive here on Friday night.

 

Metropolitan Magistrate Ambika Singh sent 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav in police custody till December 11 after the police said he was required to be interrogated for recovery of a mobile phone used by him.

 

Yadav refused to undergo Test Identification Parade (TIP), a process under the criminal law through which a victim identifies an accused.

 

Yadav, who was arrested from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh yesterday by a joint team of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police, was produced before the jampacked court with his face muffled amid tight security.

 

During the hearing, the police sought his custodial interrogation contending that he was required to be questioned to unearth the entire chain of events which led to the incident. The mobile phone, which he was using, also had to be recovered at his instance, it said.

 

The police said that Yadav was a repeat offender and had spent seven months in jail in another rape case which was filed against him in south Delhi's Mehrauli area in 2011.

 

It said that the accused has claimed that he was later on acquitted in the rape case.

 

He was brought to Delhi last night after being arrested from Mathura, about 160 kms from the national capital.

 

Yadav allegedly raped the woman at around 9:30 PM on Friday when the victim, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was heading back home in north Delhi's Inderlok area.

 

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 also announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for his arrest.

 

Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Monday banned all operations by private cab service provider Uber with immediate effect and blacklisted it from providing any transport service in the city in the wake of the alleged rape incident.

 

After a massive search operation on Sunday on across three states, Delhi Police had nabbed the taxi driver Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district.

 

The 32-year-old hails from Mathura, UP, and the car in which the crime took place was recovered from the city late last night.

 

Several Delhi Police teams were on a hunt to track him down in Delhi, Haryana and UP.

 

The incident took place at around 9:30 PM on Friday when the woman, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi's Inderlok area.

 

"The woman had gone to a restaurant for dinner with some friends after her shift ended at 7 P.M. One of her friends dropped her till Vasant Vihar from where she hired a cab run by a private company to take her to Inderlok," police had said  citing the complaint filed by the victim.

 

On the way, the woman dozed off on the back seat of the car only to wake up and find that they had stopped at a secluded spot. She found that the car doors were locked and, when she tried to raise an alarm, the driver thrashed her and then committed rape, police said.

 

The accused then dropped her off near her home in Inderlok after threatening to kill her if she spoke of the matter to anybody.

 

A case has been registered at Sarai Rohilla Police Station under Sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

 

Meanwhile, the US-based cab service provider, which has come under attack for allegedly flouting norms, has issued a statement saying they are providing all help to police in the investigation.

 

"Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible crime and we are working with 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.

 

 

 

Delhi police sources said a medical check had confirmed rape. A hunt is on for the cabbie, who was suspended today by Uber following the lady's allegations. Police believe he is from Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

According to the lady's complaint, she had booked the cab around 9.30pm from Vasant Vihar in south Delhi to go home to Inderlok in north Delhi. She fell asleep in the back seat of the car. When she woke up, she found the cab had stopped in a deserted spot and tried to raise an alarm. She was then beaten up and raped by the driver, her complaint said.

 

A while later, the driver dropped the lady near her home after threatening to kill her if she uttered a word. But the lady clicked the cab's number plate with her phone camera and called police to report the incident.

 

In a statement issued, Uber said: "We became aware of the incident this morning (Saturday). Safety is Uber's highest priority and we take situations like this very seriously.

 

"We are working with the police as they investigate, and will assist them in any way we can to determine what happened. It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver's account following allegations of a serious incident, which we have done.

 

"In India, we work with licensed driver-partners to provide a safe transportation option, with layers of safeguards such as driver and vehicle information, and ETA-sharing to ensure there is accountability and traceability of all trips that occur on the Uber platform."

 

A police officer in Sarai Rohilla, who asked not to be named, said: "The cab company seems to have no data on the cab or the driver. There was also no GPS in the cab."

 

Such cab companies use an app to keep track of their vehicles and check where a particular car is or is headed to. Once a client books a cab over the mobile phone, the company texts back details of the car/driver before the cab picks up the passenger. It is not clear how, in this case, the driver managed to dodge these safeguards.

 

But this is not the first time that the US-headquartered mobile taxi-booking company, which arrived in India in August 2013, has drawn flak over allegations of sexual violence by its drivers. In December 2012, a teen alleged rape by an Uber cabbie in Cleveland. In 2013, another case was reported from Washington DC.

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