Bhopal: Ola Cab driver arrested for raping woman

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2016 20:52 IST
Aam Aadmi Party workers stage a demonstration against rising crimes against women in the state, in Bhopal on Sunday. (Hindustan Times)

The Ola Cab driver, who allegedly raped a woman inside the vehicle on December 29 evening in Bhopal, has been arrested. The woman had lodged a complaint at Koh-e-Fiza police station on January 1 and the accused was arrested on Saturday evening.

The Ola Cabs have, however, distanced itself from the driver, and said the accused was not logged on to the platform at the time of the incident. “We have terminated the driver from the platform with immediate effect,” the company’s senior director (marketing communications) Anand Subramanian said.

“We have requested the police to expedite the case further with the respective parties and we will offer all support in providing whatever information (is) required by them to investigate this complicated case,” a press statement issued by the company said.

The Ola Cab driver, Deepak Baman, allegedly raped the 28-year-old woman passenger when she took the app-based taxi service to go to the market on December 29. In her complaint, the woman said Baman took her to a deserted place near Panchwati and raped her. He also threatened to kill the mother of two if she told anyone about it.

The woman told police that she knew the driver for the past two-and-a-half years and used to call him directly whenever she wanted to go outside. Baman had been working with Ola for the last few months.

On December 5, 2014, a woman working for a finance firm in Gurgaon was raped by an Uber cab driver. The accused had also threatened to insert a “saria” (rod) inside her if she raised an alarm. Following the incident, the Delhi government banned the company from operating in the city. There was also a nationwide outrage against app-based cab services.

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