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Taxi driver accused of rape, extortion held in Madhya Pradesh

The accused had also allegedly extorted Rs3 lakh from the woman by threatening to tell her husband and children about the rape

mumbai Updated: Mar 25, 2017 23:38 IST
Manish K Pathak
When the accused found out that a complaint had been lodged against him, he fled to MP without telling his wife.
When the accused found out that a complaint had been lodged against him, he fled to MP without telling his wife.(HT File Photo)

The Andheri police recently arrested a 47-year-old taxi driver from Madhya Pradesh for allegedly raping a married woman. The accused had also allegedly extorted Rs3 lakh from the woman by threatening to tell her husband and children about the rape. The survivor had approached the police in July last year after the driver demanded more money.

A police official said the accused lives at Mira Road with his wife, while the survivor lives in the western suburbs.

The woman met the accused a year ago when she hired his taxi in Andheri to visit a relative. During the ride, the accused convinced her to buy a new car and rent it to an app-based taxi operator, said the officer. The woman then asked the driver for help to go about the business. The driver took Rs1 lakh from her and took her to various offices so she could understand the procedures required to rent out a car to app-based cab services.

During this time, the two also got into a physical relationship, after which the driver started blackmailing her for money.

In her complaint, the woman said she gave the accused another Rs2 lakh but he continued to demand more money.

This made her approach the police. “We traced the driver’s location and a police team was sent to Madhya Pradesh on March 16. They managed to nab the accused in Bhind district on March 19 and he was brought to Mumbai” said police inspector B Sadhunke of the Andheri police station.

The driver has been booked for rape and cheating and other crimes under the Indian Penal Code. He was produced in court and is currently in police custody.

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