An uber driver named Prakash Gogoi in Assam’s Guwahati was arrested after being accused of beating up a Muslim journalist with an iron rod Saturday.
Mohd Abuzar Choudhary, a freelance journalist was beaten up by a rod because he had the payment option connected with his bank. The driver wanted the payment immediately and used an iron rod to beat up Abuzar after demanding to pay in cash.
Abuzar and Jain were on their way for a journalism assignment, Abuzar said to Maktoob over the phone.
“The driver was very aggressive. He abused us communally and called me ‘Bangladeshi’ several times. He even tried to run over me with his car,” Abuzar said.
“We had booked an Uber for Kamakhya in Guwahati. The online was payment but he wanted cash. He then got aggressive and beat Mohd Abuzar Choudhary 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,” journalist Nikita Jain who was traveling along with Abuzar tweeted.
Further investigations are going on in the matter, the Guwahati police said.
The official Twitter handle of Uber India tweeted stating that their safety team is reviewing the matter.
“Hi, we understand your concern. Kindly share the registered contact number and email ID associated with the Uber account via Direct Message. We will take the necessary actions. Appreciate your understanding,” Uber India Support tweeted.