A 48-year-old entrepreneur from Bengaluru was allegedly beaten by a group of Uber cab drivers after an argument started over seat belts near Kempegowda International Airport on Monday night in Bengaluru.
Dave Banerjee, the victim, tweeted about the incident and posted pictures of his injuries.
Banerjee tweeted, "Got beaten up by a mob of 20+ #Uber drivers at #Bangalore Airport last night for demanding seatbelts. Uber SOS said we cant help, call the police"
Banerjee said his flight from Mumbai reached Bengaluru airport around 9 pm and he boarded the Uber car but he didn’t find seat belts in the rear seat. He asked the driver twice about seat belts but he didn't reply and then tapped him on the shoulders and asked him to stop the car immediately.
Got beaten up by a mob of 20+ #Uber drivers at #Bangalore Airport last night for demanding seatbelts. Uber SOS said 'we can't help, call the police'. @dkhos @amijain1 @ShaileshSawlani @FreeseChristian @Uber_BLR @UberINSupport @timesofindia @ndtv @BlrCityPolice @CPBlr @firstpost pic.twitter.com/QghDMlgYzX— Dave Banerjee (@DaveBanerjee) November 14, 2017
The driver stopped the car and Banerjee went down to pull out the seat belts which were inside the seat but the driver came down and called other drivers claiming that he was beaten by Banerjee.
Banerjee says around 20 drivers beat him up for about 40 minutes. He contacted Uber but they asked him to call the police. Later he took another cab and reached home.
Speaking to NewsNation Malika Baruah, wife of Dave Banerjee, said her husband has visible injury marks and got treatment from a hospital.
She further said that they will be filing a complaint at the concerned police station.
After support started pouring in for Banerjee, Uber has issued a media statement in response to the incident.
"What’s been described has no place on our app. Safety of our riders is a priority for us at Uber. We have barred the driver-partners access to the Uber app. We will support the law enforcement authorities in their investigation and proceedings in any way possible"
Police officers from Bengaluru North East Division said so far no complaint has been received by them regarding this incident but whenever a complaint is filed, police will take action.