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“Shut up! or I’ll rape you” : Uber driver to woman

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An Uber driver has been arrested for assaulting a 27-year-old Kolkata resident was arrested on Tuesday night.

According to reports, the woman had booked a Uber cab along with her friend, at JD Block in Salt Lake at 10 pm on Monday. Her friend got off at Aranya Bhavan, following which the cab driver took an unnecessary left and began speeding. When the cab reached Bijan Bhavan, the driver took another left, and when the woman protested, he started shouting at her and threatened her. The woman said, “The lanes were deserted so I insisted on taking the main road. He agreed and continued to drive till FD block, where he again entered a lane on the left.”

The driver, Santu Parmanik, continued to argue with her until he passed her destination. When she demanded that he stop, he flew into a rage and threatened to rape her.

“Akdom chup! Toke kidnap kore rape kore debo (Shut up! I will kidnap and rape you)”, he said. Hearing this, the woman began shouting for help and jumped out of the cab in an attempt to flee. The driver reversed the car and tried to run over her while shouting, “toke garir talay pishe marbo (I will crush you under the car)”.She jumped on the footpath and managed to save herself. She filed a complaint with Uber and Bidhannagar North police station the next day. Uber called her up and said they would suspend the driver. Police tracked down the driver at Patauli on Tuesday night, and he was remanded to custody for 14 days.

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