New Delhi: The Mumbai BJP on Saturday felicitated an Uber driver who had recently taken an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protester to the police, on overhearing him talking to someone on the phone about an anti-CAA protest and recording his conversation. Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal warns of strict action against Ola, Uber taxis
The driver, identified as Rohit Singh, had on Wednesday taken a Jaipur-based poet Bappadittya Sarkar to the Santa Cruz police station while he was on the phone with a friend in his hometown. Also Read - Uber taxi driver shot dead by two teenagers in Delhi; accused arrested by police
On Saturday, however, in a bid to recognise the driver’s act and to encourage others to be vigilant as well, the city unit of the BJP felicitated the driver, who is from Bhopal. He was given an ‘alert citizen award’ by Mangal Prabhat Lodha, the city unit chief of the BJP. Also Read - Uber Taxi Case After Effects: Car financers in India halt funds to web-based cab services fearing EMI defaults
On Wednesday night, the 23-year-old poet from Jaipur had booked a cab from Juhu Silver Beach to Kurla after taking part in an anti-CAA protest at Nagpada. He had arrived in Mumbai on February 3 to participate in a poetry reading session at the Kala Ghoda festival.
On the way, he called up a friend in Jaipur and was discussing ways to make an anti-CAA stir more effective. After about 20 minutes, the driver stopped the car and asked for his permission to go and make an ATM transaction. However, when he came back, he had two police constables with him. It was then that he realised that the driver had brought him to the Santa Cruz police station.
The driver is reported to have told the police that Sarkar was talking about how to turn the entire country into Shaheen Bagh, referring to the ongoing women-led anti-CAA sit-in in the national capital, which has been going on for nearly two months now and has inspired several similar sit-ins across the country.
Sarkar was interrogated by the police for two hours and both him and the driver were later let go as nothing suspicious was found with them.