The Uber cab driver, who had allegedly raped a 27-year-old woman here on Friday night in his taxi, was planning to flee to Nepal before police arrested him in the nick of time from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.The accused, identified as Shiv Kumar Yadav, had married his own widowed sister-in-law and had told her and his stepson to be ready with the baggage. “He had purchased a new mobile phone and SIM card in Mathura and was in touch with them through that. He had told them that he had had an altercation with someone and they were trying to implicate him in a false case so they should leave their rented accommodation in Chandrapuri locality of Mathura. He was collecting money to either flee to Nepal or Gorakhpur,” said a senior police official. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
Yadav was using three mobile phones and police will take him to Meerut to recover the smartphone which had the Uber App used in the crime. During his three days in police custody, investigators will try and determine whether he victimized his other feamle customers as well. “He has been driving taxi in the national capital for the last several years. He was with Uber during the last six months. We would thoroughly check whether he was involved in any other crime,” he said. Senior police officials also said that they are now going to run a check with all the radio taxi services in the national capital whether they follow proper guidelines in plying of their taxi services like a mandatory GPS tracker and drivers who have been verified by the police. Also Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
Delhi Police will also recreate the entire sequence of events that took place on Friday night and also take Yadav on the route he had taken to drop the victim. The victim had boarded the cab around 10:58 PM from Vasant Vihar area. The car moved towards R K Puram Block-I and then drove towards Motibagh before taking a left and going toward Delhi Cantonment area. He took the road towards Naraina Village moving towards Mayapuri, then to Rajouri Garden, Moti Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Tri Nagar and Daya Basti, police said. “He had parked his cab at a garbage dump near Najafgarh drain where he raped the victim,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
The victim made a PCR call at 1:16 AM and the PCR personnel informed the nearest police post at 1:24 AM. At 1:31 police personnel reached the victim’s house. The girl was taken for a medical examination and counseled by an NGO. All this was over by 2:20 AM. Soon after the incident, the driver exited the Uber APP and drove straight to Mathura where he abandoned the car. Police brought the car to Delhi and a CFSL team has been roped in to conduct the examination of the car to lift circumstantial and forensic evidence.
Sources said the accused driver, during his interrogation, also confessed to the crime. Police have found that he has two driving licences, the commercial one was issued in Delhi while the other one in UP. He, however, did not have a PSV badge. He was living in Deoli area of Southeast Delhi since 2011. “He had been living with his nephew. He had a friend named Vimal living in the same area whose house he frequently visited,” said a police official. Delhi Police top brass has asked officials from the North district to file a charge sheet in the case within three weeks. Delhi Police had made a decision to file a charge sheet in rape cases within 20 days, after the infamous December 16 rape case of 2012.
Delhi Police had filed the charge sheet in that case in just seventeen days of the incident. A team, led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Brijendra Singh, has been assigned the task. Brijendra Singh will be assisted by Assistant Commissioner of Police Shweta Singh and investigating officer Inspector Anil Dureja.