GUWAHATI: App-based taxi service has again landed in controversy after one of its drivers beat up one of his passengers named Mohd Abuzar Choudhary and allegedly called him a Bangladeshi.
A tweet from one of the co-passenger, which has now gone viral on social media, stated that they had booked a cab for Kamakhya from Ahom Gaon, althought the payment was done online but the driver wanted it in cash.
Meanwhile, in the scuffle of words, the driver got aggressive and beat up Mohd Abuzar Choudhary with the rod, said the passenger.
Taking to Twitter, a co-passenger wrote, "We had booked an Uber for Kamakhya in #Guwahati. The online was payment but he wanted cash. He then got aggressive and beat @MohdAbuzarCh with a rod. When we said we will file a complaint he tried to run over my colleague with his car. He also called us Bangladeshi @assampolice."
Meanwhile, Special DGP of Assam, GP Singh wrote, "Noted" on his Twitter account. On the other hand, Guwahati police commissioner Harmeet Singh tweeted, "Action has been initiated".
Currently, the accused driver has been detained by the Assam police for further interrogation.
Notably, on its website, Uber has a detailed zero-tolerance policy on racism and discrimination. It says customer support agents get special training on handling cases like this. It also says it's made its reporting system easier.