Uber driver shot dead allegedly by teen passengers in Delhi
New Delhi: Generally, we encounter reports of drivers taking advantage of passengers, going to the extent of raping and even killing some of their passengers.
But this time it's other way around.
Two teenage passengers shot dead an Uber cab driver in outer Delhi’s Mundka after an altercation, police said on Friday.
This incident is reported to have occurred on the night of 6 April.
The two juveniles – aged 16 and 17 – were detained by the police today . They were tracked down via Uber’s records and have the two in custody.
According to reports, the passengers boarded the Uber vehicle at Najafgarh in southwest Delhi. The passengers reportedly got into a fight with the driver and in the midst of the journey, shot the driver. The driver passed away at the hospital that he was taken to.
This was the first day the driver, 51-year-old Kuldeep Thakur, had started accepting passengers using the Uber taxi-booking app, police said.
"The minors dumped the body in a nearby secluded field and left the car at some other place before fleeing," the officer said.
Kuldeep, 51, was a resident of Khanpur in south Delhi.
The minors told the police that they shot Kuldeep when he abused them during the argument, Kumar said, adding that what exactly caused the argument was not yet clear.
The DCP said police did not find any previous criminal record of the minors.
"We are trying to find out how and from where the minors got the firearm used in the crime," he said.
Uber hit the headlines in 2014 after one of its drivers was accused of raping a 25-year-old woman with activists saying the company hadn’t undertaken any security or screening checks.
The Delhi government briefly banned Uber, and other smartphone-based taxi services, while new regulations were drafted.