August 14, 2015 9:39:54 pm
Uber, a web based-taxi application, on Friday issued a statement regarding a few of their drivers from their city claiming that they were attacked and their vehicles damaged by a ‘political outfit’.
“Uber would like to draw your attention to some recent incidences where a few politically motivated groups have publicly threatened to shut down aggregator services. They have called for city-wide strikes and resorted to violence, holding our Uber Mumbai and Pune driver partners to ransom by assaulting drivers, damaging cars, and forcibly taking away company-owned equipment (mobile phones),” the statement read.
According to officials two non cognizable complaints were registered with the Mumbai police after two drivers of Uber were allegedly assaulted by taxi drivers aligned with “political outfits”. Mahim police registered a complaint at 11.10 on August 7 and Samta Nagar two days ago, sources said.
A 36-year-old Kurla based driver for Uber claimed he was attacked by a group of four persons in Kandivali’s Thakur Village around 6.30 pm on August 12.
“They were wearing Khaki and white taxi uniforms and had stopped my car after I dropped my passenger. They took my phone and beat me up and asked me to never get into this area again. While two persons were hitting me, the others were breaking the windshield. The incident took opposite a MacDonald outlet and none of the passersby intervened,” said the driver.
The driver went to Samta Nagar police station and narrated the entire episode but claims that the police only found merit and registered a non-cognizable complaint.
When contacted Dilip Yadav, senior police inspector, Samta Nagar said that he was unaware of the complaint at the moment but would check with his staff regarding the allegations.
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