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Ola sacks driver for raping woman in Bhopal, issues statement

Bhopal: Weeks after Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in Delhi in 2014, an Ola cabbie was arrested on Saturday for allegedly raping a woman passenger in the city.

The incident took place on December 29, however the FIR was registered on January 1, only after the traumatised victim decided to take the matter to the police.

Based on her complaint, driver Deepak Bamane was arrested and taken to the police custody for further interrogation. Deepak has been working with Ola cab service for past few months. It is being verified if the company had gone for his police verification before hiring him.

The 28-year-old woman, who works at a private hospital took the taxi service on December 29 to return to her home. The accused driver took her to an isolated location between Bairagarh and Gandhi Nagar and raped her in the car. Later, he threatened her of dire consequences if she reveals the episode to anyone.

Ola today released its statement on the issue saying, “At the time of the reported incident, the said driver was not logged on to the Ola platform. We have terminated the driver from the platform with immediate effect. We will offer all support in providing whatever information required by them to investigate this complicated case.”

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