NEW DELHI: A 51-year-old Ola cab driver was thrashed allegedly by a group of six Africans for refusing to accommodate more than four passengers in his car in south Delhi’s Rajpur village near Mehrauli on Monday morning.
The driver was allegedly punched on his face by the group, including two women, which caused multiple wounds on his face. He was taken to AIIMS where he received nine stitches. The attackers allegedly used metallic punches to hit him. The injuries were not life-threatening, said police.
The cab driver, Nooruddin, managed to hold back one of the attackers, a Rwandan woman, Kefa, with the help of some locals who surrounded her when she tried to flee the spot with her friends. A case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restrain), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 392 (robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC was filed at the Mehrauli police station against the six, said police.
RP Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (southeastern range), said the woman was arrested in the case and efforts were on to nab the other five.
Nooruddin, resident of Kharak village in south Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri, was in Chhatarpur area when he received a pick-up request from Tivoli Garden near Rajpur village around 3.45am. He drove around two kilometers and reached the pick-up point where the six were waiting.
“All six of them sat inside my cab and asked me to take them to Dwarka. I refused citing restrictions on carrying more than four passengers. I advised them to call another cab but they insisted to travel in my car,” said Nooruddin.
According to Nooruddin, the six turned violent when he asked them to cancel the booking and get out of the car. One of the women allegedly caught hold of him and hurled abuses at him as he stepped out of the car. Soon, all six of them came out of the vehicle and allegedly launched a brutal attack on Nooruddin.
“They repeatedly punched my face even as I fell on the ground. One of them used a metallic punch to hit my face. They would have killed me had some auto-rickshaw drivers, who were standing close to us, not intervened and rescued me. I managed to restrain one of the women but others managed to flee,” said Nooruddin.
Ishwar Singh, deputy commissioner of police (south), said: “We have registered a case and are interrogating the woman to identify the others,” said Singh.
An investigator said the woman has refused to reveal the identities of her friends.