Pal handed the driver a Rs. 500 note against Rs. 242 as the meter in the cab demanded. The helper in the cab allegedly pocketed the money and said that Pal had only paid her Rs. 50. The second time she paid Rs. 1,000 but again the helper claimed that she had paid him Rs. 50 and the cab zoomed off.
Pal’s woes did not end there. The Taratala police assistance booth asked her to file a complaint at the place where the incident had taken place. The officer on duty allegedly handed Pal a taxi refusal form and told her to approach the Behala traffic guard. But the Behala traffic guard expressed helplessness unless the woman could give the accused cab’s registration number.
“The WBHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of the matter and sought a report from police commissioner within two weeks. An investigation will be conducted by the deputy commissioner of police,” Sujoy Haldar, WBHRC joint secretary said.
“We expressed concern over the overall security of the women in the city and the indifferent attitude of the police on duty,” Haldar said.
Mohammad Sarfaroz, the accused cabbie, was arrested on Tuesday. A complaint has been lodged with Kasba police and he would be produced in court on Wednesday. The cabbie later confessed to taking money from his passenger.