KSTDC cabbie attempts self-immolation at Bengaluru airport | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Pratap arrived at KIA in his cab and within a few minutes, poured petrol on himself

BENGALURU: A driver attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze inside his cab at Kempegowda International Airport on Tuesday. Pratap, 34, from Ramanagara sustained over 70% burns.
He was attached to the airport taxi service of Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).
Sources said Pratap came to the airport in his cab at 4.39pm and stopped a few feet behind the pick-up point. Within a few minutes, he poured petrol and set himself ablaze. Public and security staff noticed thick smoke and rushed to the spot. They broke the cab’s window glasses before the arrival of aircraft rescue and fire-fighting team which doused the flames..
Pratap was rushed to a nearby hospital and later to Victoria Hospital. Officials from the Central Industrial Security Force and police blocked the stretch till the injured was shifted and the vehicle was moved away from the spot. The incident sparked a protest by cab drivers, but police dispersed them from the premises.
CK Baba, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), said probe is on to find out the reason. Police said Pratap was in financial trouble due to poor business owing to the pandemic. He was struggling to pay EMI for his car loan. KSTDC rates are higher than other cab aggregators and hence, they’re not getting enough bookings. The matter is under discussion at the government level, they added.
Tanveer Pasha from Cab Drivers Union said Pratap attempted suicide because of inflation, not getting bookings and competitive pricing by other cab aggregators. “The cab aggregators are offering Rs 9 or Rs 10 per km for customers and drivers are not earning money because of this. How can drivers repay their loans and take care of their families?” Pasha asked, demanding the government fix a uniform fare for all taxi services in the city.

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