Woman, cops fall prey to rowdy cabbies

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Woman cops fall prey to rowdy cabbiesKOLKATA: Cabbies have for long been accused of misbehaviour and warned time and again by the administration. But it seems that all of it has been in vain. In the latest incident that happened on Thursday — when the state celebrated Holi — a taxi driver allegedly abused and pushing off a 37-year-old woman and her two daughters out of his cab. The accused, Sukumar Dutta, has been arrested.

According to DC (south suburban) Santosh Pandey, the accused driver picked up the three passengers from Salt Lake and was headed for Kasba. However, when the taxi neared Ruby crossing, Dutta allegedly refused to drive further. He told the woman that his taxi gear had developed a snag. When the woman challenged him, he demanded extra money.

It was during this argument that he foulmouthed the woman and allegedly pushed her and her daughters off the cab. Anandapur police registered a case and are further investigating the case. “We nabbed the accused on a specific complaint and have slapped him with charges of threat and molestation,” said Pandey. Dutta is a resident of Santoshpur.

In another incident later in the day, a case was registered at Parnasree police station following an altercation between the police and a couple of taxi drivers, who, along with several others, were allegedly drinking alcohol on the main road at Bankimpalli. Police said they were patrolling the streets in an auto when they spotted the men. When the cops accosted the inebriated men, there was an argument and police had to rush in extra forces to control the situation. Though the cops denied anyone was injured, local sources said that at least two cops were foulmouthed and harassed.

Kolkata Police, though, has announced that it will follow a “no-nonsense” approach to tackle such crimes. “Whenever required, we are slapping non-bailable charges to send out a stern message. We are in constant touch with our lawyers,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint CP (crime). Cops also want to finish investigations in such cases and file chargesheets. “Unless the resistance also comes from the society, the malaise cannot be ruled out,” said an officer.


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