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Cabbie takes an “anti-national” passenger to the police station | India News


MUMBAI: An Uber driver drove a 23-year-old poet based in Jaipur, Bappaditya Sarkar, who was in Mumbai for the current Kala Ghoda Festival, to the Santacruz police station on Wednesday night, as he suspected that It was a “danger to the country.” “.
Police interrogated both the driver and Sarkar, but did not initiate any additional procedures after finding no substance in the complaint. Santacruz senior inspector Shriram Koregaonkar declined to comment and said no cases had been recorded.
Sarkar had called the taxi around 10.50 pm from Silver Beach in Juhu to go to Kurla where he was staying with a friend.
“Twenty minutes later, the driver, Rohit Singh, said he needed to withdraw money from an ATM. He reappeared in a few minutes with two policemen. I assumed later that he had parked in front of the Santacruz police station,” he said. Sarkar TOI Thursday night.
Sarkar, who had arrived in Mumbai on February 3 for a poetry reading session at the Kala Ghoda Festival, also took time to participate in the ongoing protests at Mumbai Bagh, an anti-CAA meeting near Central Mumbai, inspired by Shaheen Bagh from Delhi. .
“I had been part of the protests in Jaipur and wanted to do the same in Mumbai, but the taxi driver’s reaction had nothing to do with that,” Sarkar said, recounting his telephone conversation with a friend in Jaipur during his taxi. trip that apparently led the driver to doubt his intentions.
(With contributions from Rachel Chitra in Bangalore)

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