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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Taxi driver arrested over assault on Uber driver

Police act on report by Iranian tourist and urge the Uber driver to lodge a report to assist in the probe.

PETALING JAYA - Police have detained a taxi driver to assist in the investigations into the assault on a Uber driver on Monday.

China Press quoted Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Amar Singh Ishar Singh as saying the suspect, 44, was detained in Batu Caves at 11.15pm yesterday.

The arrest was made based on a police report lodged by an Iranian tourist who was involved in the incident.

Amar Singh also urged the Uber driver to come forward and lodge a police report to facilitate the probe.

The incident reportedly happened on Monday morning when an Iranian couple called for the Uber service after arriving at KL Sentral.

China Press reported that some 50 taxi drivers, who were “hiding”, then confronted the occupants in the car, before dragging the driver and the couple out.

They were also said to have broken the vehicle’s window with rocks.

Brickfields police have since said the news report was exaggerated and, in fact, only one taxi driver had a clash with the Uber driver. They also denied the tourist was injured and that the car window was smashed.

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