Two Arrested After Uber Driver Shot Dead in Delhi

  • Two juveniles have been arrested in the incident, police say
  • App-based ride service is assisting in the investigation

A driver for Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s largest ride-booking service, was killed this week by passengers in the Indian capital New Delhi.

Two juveniles have been arrested in the shooting death Wednesday of the driver, identified as Kuldeep, 51, according to Pushpender Kumar, deputy commissioner of police for the west district, in an interview with Bloomberg News. “We have pro-actively shared details with the police to assist them with their investigation,” Gagan Bhatia, general manager for Uber in North India, said in a statement Friday.

India is Uber’s largest market geographically outside the U.S. The company, which lets users order rides from private drivers through its mobile phone app, has been mired in controversy since it started operations there more than two years ago. In December 2014, the Delhi state government banned Uber from operating in the Indian capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of raping her.

The alleged victim sued Uber in the U.S., saying the company’s background check procedures and other safety measures are woefully inadequate and fall short of what is required by transportation providers in India. She later dropped the lawsuit. The ban was lifted in mid-2015.

Uber was founded in 2009 in San Francisco.

In the incident Wednesday, police said an argument ensued during the trip and one of the passengers shot the driver with a pistol. His body was then dumped on a farm and his blood-stained car was found Thursday, according to police.

(Corrects to remove attribution to Uber in headline, second paragraph in April 8 story.)
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