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Uber driver arrested for misbehaving with woman passenger

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Kolkata- An Uber driver was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a woman passenger in the city, police said today.

According to a senior officer in Kolkata Police, Pintu Yadav, driver of Uber cab service, was arrested late Monday night based on a 25-year-old woman passenger’s complaint lodged at Bhowanipur police station on July 8.

The woman working at a shopping mall had booked an Uber cab on July 8 evening when it was raining, police said.

She in her complaint alleged that Yadav was constantly looking at her on the rear-view mirror. She spotted him masturbating while driving and hurriedly got out of the cab on reaching her destination.

The woman kept quiet fearing “something worse” would be done by the driver. She did not press the SOS button (emergency number) on Uber app but contacted company officials, police said.

Yadav was tracked down using his mobile phone tower location and arrested late Monday night, they said.

Uber had initially suspended the driver and then removed him permanently based on its internal probe into the incident, a senior official of Uber said.

Yadav, booked under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to outrage modesty of a woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation), got a bail yesterday, police added.

A similar case involving a TaxiForSure cab was reported from Delhi earlier this month.

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