An Uber driver abducted a fifteen-year-old boy, Gavin (name changed), for over six hours in Bengaluru on Saturday, according to a police complaint by the parents.
According to The New Indian Express, Gavin had booked a cab at 6:30pm from his tuition center in HSR Layout and the accused driver, identified as Tabrez, reached the pick-up point in 15 minutes.
His parents started getting worried when Gavin had not reached by 7:30pm. Narrating his ordeal, Gavin said that he had been forced to crouch in the rear leg space for over three hours as the driver drove around.
According to the Deccan Herald, Gavin’s father got a call from the cab driver saying that Gavin had been abducted and would be released only if he gave money.
Gavin’s parents could not contact Uber and sought help from a friend, who asked them book another cab and get the Uber office number.
The Uber officer gave Gavin’s parents the number of the driver, however, he told them that he had dropped the boy near his house at 7:30pm. After repeated queries, when Tabrez’s replies were unconvincing and when he also switched off the mobile, the couple sought help from the police.
The Varthur police contacted the driver. Fearing arrests, Tabrez left the boy in front of a hotel in Whitefield area at 12:30am but took boy’s school bag and phone.
Police said that Uber did not respond properly to their request for information. “They kept on giving excuses without giving details of the cab’s whereabouts. Despite the gravity of the situation, they said that they were required to take permission from the seniors and gave no details,” the officer said
Update: DCP East Boralingaiah told TNM that the driver has been arrested. He also added that the details are sketchy and said the parents did not mention anything about a ransom.