A 37-year-old bike taxi driver working with Rapido was abducted and robbed by three men when the rider went to pick up one of them posing as a customer in Bengaluru.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning at 12:30 am when Dhaneshwar Bey received a ride alert near Kudlu Gate off Hosur Road.
When Dhaneshwar went to the location given by the app, a man allegedly slashed his neck with a knife. He took two mobile phones, a wallet containing cash of Rs 1200, credit and debit cards, and a power bank. He was then forced to go to an isolated spot where two of the attacker’s associates were waiting.
The trio allegedly beat up Dhaneshwar demanding the PIN of his ATM card and withdrew Rs 500 from his card after he gave the PIN. They even forced Dhaneshwar to transfer Rs 160 by Google Pay before the attacker repeatedly stabbed Dhaneshwar on his thigh demanding more money. Eventually, Dhaneshwar managed to run towards a house, jump over the compound wall and hide inside, reported the Times of India.
After waiting for a while, Dhaneshwar stepped out and walked till the main road till he came across a police team. He is now receiving treatment at a private hospital.
In another incident that took place at 2:45 am on Monday morning, another Rapido driver Amal Singh, 27, was robbed after he was threatened with a knife in a similar manner by three men.
Amal received a ride alert from the app near Parappana Agrahara but when he reached the pickup point, three armed men took away his mobile phone, wallet containing credit and debit cards, copies of Aadhaar and PAN card, Rs 200 and the jacket he was wearing, reported The Hindu.
Police suspect both crimes were carried out by the same trio and are investigating the incidents.