In what has become a horrific crime, a software developer was hacked to death by a cab driver in Chennai after they picked up a dispute over the One Time Password (OTP) for the cab ride. The slain techie was a native of Coimbatore and he was in Chennai with his family for a weekend holiday. After the incident has come to light, the Chennai police have apprehended the concerned cab driver and have taken him into custody.
The incident has happened on Sunday on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) in Chennai. According to reports, 34-year-old Umendhar, a software developer, had visited a mall to watch a movie along with his wife Bhavya, their two children, Bhavya's sister Divyapriya and her two children. After watching the movie, Bhavya has booked an Ola cab at around 3.30 pm on Sunday to return to their house in Guduvanchery.
The cab, a Toyota Innova, has arrived at the spot and everyone has boarded it. 41-year-old Ravi, a native of Salem, drove the cab and he got angered when Umendhar and his family members entered the car without verifying the OTP. Ravi had asked them to get out of the car and clamoured that Umendhar must have booked a bigger cab as seven people can't be accommodated in his car.
This dispute has turned into a melee and Ravi has beaten Umendhar to death. Ravi went on to break the mobile phone of the techie and after the incident, Umendhar was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The body was later sent to Chromepet Government Hospital to perform an autopsy. It has been reported that after attacking Umendhar, Ravi tried to flee the spot. However, he was detained by the local people and he was then handed over to the police.
Ravi was arrested on Monday and he has been sent to judicial custody. Speaking to IANS, Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal said that the police have given directions to all the cab operators to monitor the antecedents of the drivers they employ to operate the cabs. The commissioner has further urged the cab operators to submit their Aadhaar and other identification records of the drivers to the local police stations for a background check.