A doctor returning home from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has lost valuables worth around Rs 10 lakh, including her Louis Vuitton bag, a Rs 1.4-lakh laptop and diamond jewellery, when a Uber cabbie drove away even as she was offloading luggage in front of her house at Commonwealth Games Village in east Delhi.
The woman, identified as Ananya, landed at Terminal 2 early on Wednesday following a vacation with a friend. After collecting her luggage, Ananya took the cab that was booked by her friend. The ride was fine but the trouble started when she reached home around 3.30am.
After taking two bags kept on the rear seat, she reached out for the Louis Vuitton bag. But the driver, identified as Ashfaq on the Uber platform, suddenly started speeding away, the police said. The woman said she kept screaming for help and asking the driver to stop, but he didn’t listen.
Hearing her scream, some people came rushing but the driver had fled by then. The woman told the police that she then started calling the driver’s number listed on the Uber application. “The call went unanswered several times but I still kept dialling his number,” Ananya told cops.
After ignoring the calls for a long time, Ashfaq finally answered the phone. Hoping to get her bag, the laptop, and diamond necklaces and earrings, Ananya asked him to meet her somewhere but the man flatly refused to give the bag back to her, the victim alleged. Ananya then approached the police along with her parents.
The airport police is trying to track the driver and has sought details from Uber. A case under IPC 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) has been registered against the driver.
A Uber spokesperson told TOI that the cab aggregator had received the information about the alleged incident. “While the law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the matter, we have removed the driver partner’s access to the Uber application. We are also assisting the law enforcement authorities.”