Cops trace rapist Uber cab driver through his cellphone

In a massive search operation that involved police teams from Delhi and Mathura, the 32-year-old Uber cab driver has been picked up from the Delhi-Agra highway near Mathura within 48 hours of the incident

New Delhi: A taxi driver accused of raping a 27-year-old woman executive on Friday night was arrested yesterday from Mathura even as the US-based cab firm Uber with whom he worked was directed by Delhi police to join its probe.

When will this stop? Several protesters marched to the Police Headquarters after the a 27-year-old woman was raped by a cab driver in New Delhi on Friday. Pic/PTI

In a swift operation, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav was apprehended from Mathura, his home town, by a team of Delhi Police with the help of their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh.

“The accused (Yadav) has been arrested from Mathura with the help of Uttar Pradesh police. He is being brought to
Delhi,” said DCP (North) Madhur Verma.

The police said that during investigations prime facie it has emerged that criminal negligence was made out on the part of Uber as a number of alleged shortcomings were found on their part as neither the driver was verified nor there was a GPS tracking device in the car.

DIG (Agra Range) Lakshmi Singh said the cab in which the crime took place was owned by Yadav and he was traced through his mobile number and has been handed over to Delhi police.

As a massive search operation involving 12 Delhi police teams was on in Mathura and other parts of Uttar Pradesh to nab the accused. According to the Police, Yadav was residing in a rented accommodation in Chandarpuri locality in Mathura and when the police team reached at his residence, he was not found there.

In the evening, the joint team headed by ASP Ajay Pal of Uttar Pradesh Police apprehended the accused from a house at Meer Magan Highway in Mathura which was at a distance of about one km from his rented accommodation.

The police also said that identity of the owner of the house from where Yadav was arrested was yet to be ascertained. It said Yadav originally hails from Elau police station area of Mainpuri district in Uttar Pradesh.

“The vehicle has been found and is being brought to Delhi and FSL examination by forensic experts will be done here,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat. The police have issued a notice to Uber under section 161 CrPC to join investigation in the case.

“We have issued them a notice to join investigation. There are norms to operate such cab service set by the Transport Department and we will see whether they were followed or not,” said Verma.

‘Unlicenced, unverified’
The driver did not have a driving licence issued by the Delhi Transport Authority and the only link the service provider had with him was a smartphone app which he exited after the incident, the police said. A case has been registered at Sarai Rohilla Police Station under Sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

Cab company says

The company has issued a statement, saying that it was providing all help to the police in the investigation.

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

“Safety is Uber’s highest priority and in India, we work with licenced 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,” said Evelyn Tay, an Uber spokeswoman.

Uber, which is an international cab-booking service, has its headquarters in New York. It also could not immediately provide the call log as details were said to be stored at the company’s headquarters, the police said.

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

Outrage on Twitter
Shobhaa De @DeShobhaa  
Uber disgusting. Uber irresponsible. Both are equally guilty - the Uber taxi service, and the uber rapist. Will victim get uber fast justice?

Milind Deora ?@milinddeora  
@Uber_Delhi better improve its driver verification process! However, injustices against women are deeply embedded in patriarchal societies

Karan Johar ?@karanjohar  
Appalled at the @Uber incident!! If they didn’t do an adequate background check of the driver they have no reason to operate anywhere!!!!

Rohan @mojorojo   
Isn’t the entire point of radio cabs security and traceability? My female friends sure as hell don’t use them at night for the AC

Vir sanghvi @virsanghvi    
For all those who make the point that Uber is worth $41 bn, the safety of our wives, sisters, daughters and mothers is worth much more.

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