Middha, however, was granted bail on Monday in a local court.
The arrest has failed to pacify the victim. “I got the FIR copy only on Sunday evening. It’s then that I was informed that all the sections slapped were bailable. I want the cops to add molestation charges – if nothing else then at least the clause pertaining to outraging the modesty of a woman. I will be moving the cops through a lawyer. I also do not understand why the cops have not informed me about the arrest till Monday evening,” the survivor said.
Sources said cops have ensured that Middha cannot drive a cab – either radio cabs or even the yellow ones. “We have also asked Ola authorities to hold classes to train their drivers on the lines of workshops organized by us for yellow cab drivers,” said a senior officer at Lalbazar.
According to the survivor, the investigators had overlooked one crucial point: “They have forgotten that I was physically stopped from using the car keys. Besides tendering an apology, Ola has told me that this driver has been taken off their roster. But what about me being physically harassed?”
Cops said they were open to listen to the complaints from her. “We can always add specific sections after consulting our lawyers before finally presenting our charge sheet,” said an officer.
It was on Saturday morning when the 33-year-old victim was driving back to her CIT Road home in her Ritz around 5 in the morning. “I had crossed the Lohapool No. 4 bridge and was trying to take a right turn towards Dargah Road when this Ola driver broke the signal and smashed into the right side of my car. When I tried to protest, this driver rushed towards me. He tried to take my car keys away. He attempted thrice and each time I resisted. By then, he had hit me on my hands. The car keys got damaged and everytime I tried the ignition, it failed. I looked around for help but there was no one at that point of time,” recalled the woman.
The victim said that she finally managed to flee from the spot and drove to her Entally residence in absolute fear. “Just as I was trying to get the car inside the garage, I found him pulling up his car close to our house. I immediately asked for my father and uncle to help me. He continued taunting and threatening me in front of my family members. He said that now that he knows my house, he would ensure he came and vandalized my car. This continued for over 15 minutes before my relatives threatened to call police and he relented,” recalled the woman.