Hearing about a driver from one of the most used apps when it comes to transport -Uber who took a passenger directly to a police station is something that comes as a shock. On Thursday the said driver named Rohit Singh Gour from Uber was in a mood to drop the passenger to a police station than his requested destination of which the passenger was unwary.
The passenger named Bappaditya Sarkar (23-year-old) who is a poet from Jaipur was picked by Gour from Juhu & while they were on their way, he overheard Sarkar talking on the phone about the ongoing protests in the nation. He was discussing about the protests against the CAA & NRC on the phone upon which Gour directly drove him to Santacruz police station. But, the driver who after the incident has been suspended by Uber is unremorseful about the act & is of the opinion that he will do it again if he hears another passenger talking on the same.
The incident took everyone by shock & Uber suspended the 35-year-old driver up to 72 hours while they undertake the investigation.
Gour confessed to secretly recording the poet’s conversation in the car when they were around Mithibai College & overheard Sarkar saying, “Country mein toh aag lagne wali hai (The country is going to burn). Gour further said that he felt something was doubtful & the poet was speaking of writing a song on azadi & wanted it to go viral. And, the poet even said how the female audiences also like it.
When asked about his invasion in the passenger’s privacy, Gour responded by saying that it is not about privacy if someone talks about doing something wrong without any public knowledge. He said that if a person’s privacy disturbs other person’s privacy, then that is not valid & the ongoings in Shaheen Bagh is against the growth of the country. Gour said that the poet even talked about doing the same in Mumbai.
Santacruz police questioned both of them for a few hours after Gour handed over the recording to them as evidence & later Sarkar was let off. But, Gour admitted to saying that Sarkar would have been behind bars, had he recorded the entire conversation.
Uber, on the other hand, suspended Gour for 72 hours for investigating the matter. The company also sent an apology to Sarkar on the same & said that the investigation is ongoing & the company has restricted access of the driver & would not like the passenger to pay for any inconvenience caused & refunded the charges for the trip.