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Noida Police FIR against Uber for negligence, poor police verification for drivers

The Bisrakh Police Station in Noida has filed an FIR against Uber under the Section 336 (Act endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code, reports the Indian Express. This has been filed for negligence, the lack of a real-time monitoring system and failing to do proper police verification for its drivers. The Noida police FIR was filed yesterday, after a replacement driver allegedly raped an Uber user who booked the cab on February 5, while the user’s FIR was registered on February 9. The Noida police have arrested both the accused and the cab owner within 10 days of the incident (date unspecified). The replacement driver was not the same driver whose profile was displayed on the app. The Bisrakh Police Station SHO refused to provide information to MediaNama over the phone, while the Noida Police PRO said that he did not have the pertinent information related to this case. Uber has issued a statement to MediaNama (see below). Uber said that it did not have any comment on MediaNama's questions about - the process of police verification for drivers and - what happens when a situation like this arises where there is a replacement driver (and Uber is unaware of this development) and what action Uber takes when it gets to know. Uber awaiting FIR copy, will initiate criminal and civil legal action (Find Uber’s full statement to MediaNama at the bottom.) Uber told the Indian Express and PTI that it had not received…

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