Mumbai Uber driver takes passenger to police station after overhearing conversation on CAA protests; taxi aggregator terms incident as 'concerning'

Uber came under the scanner on Thursday after an Uber driver on overhearing a phone conversation of a passenger, called the cops to 'turn in' and denounce the passenger as a 'communist'.

FP Staff February 06, 2020 14:18:29 IST
Mumbai Uber driver takes passenger to police station after overhearing conversation on CAA protests; taxi aggregator terms incident as 'concerning'
  • Uber came under the scanner on Thursday after an Uber driver on overhearing a phone conversation of a passenger, called the cops to 'turn in' and denounce the passenger as a 'communist'

  • CPI-ML member and activist Kavita Krishnan took to Twitter, sharing screenshots of a conversation between her and poet Bappadittya Sarkar, who was the passenger during the incident

  • Ten to 15 minutes into the ride, the driver asked if he could stop at an ATM but came back with two policemen. The driver asked the cops to arrest Sarkar

Amid nationwide protests against Citizenship Amendment Act in the country, taxi aggregator company Uber came under the scanner on Thursday after one of its drivers on overhearing a phone conversation of a passenger called the cops to "turn in" and denounced him as a "communist".

CPI-ML member and activist Kavita Krishnan took to microblogging site Twitter, sharing screenshots of a conversation between her and poet Bappadittya Sarkar, who was the passenger during the incident. The poet, hailing from Jaipur, was in Mumbai as he was invited to read his work at the Kala Ghoda Festival.

According to the screenshots shared by Krishnan, Sarkar was on his way home when he was having a telephonic conversation with his friend, discussing the current scenario of protests and how people were uncomfortable with "Laal Salaam". Ten to 15 minutes into the ride, the driver asked if he could stop at an ATM but came back with two policemen. The driver asked the cops to arrest Sarkar, as he had recorded proof that the poet was a "communist" and had plans to make a "Shaheen Bagh in Mumbai".

The police then proceeded to question Sarkar, asking him about his background — where he was from, where was he staying. They pointed out at his 'dafli', purportedly advised him to not carry it, saying "Abhi mahual karab hai, kuch bhi ho sakta hai" (Things are bad right now, anything can happen).

The police proceeded to then take a statement from both Sarkar and the driver. The driver kept arguing with Sarkar accusing him of "destroying" the country. The driver also warned Sarkar, saying, "Be thankful I took you to the police, I could have taken you elsewhere."

Uber India soon took notice of the tweet and responded to the Twitter thread, terming the incident as “concerning”.

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