In a horrific incident reported from Chennai, an Ola driver killed a techie by punching him repeatedly over an argument about number of passengers in his cab. The accused, 41-year-old N. Ravi had an argument with the victim over the OTP (one time password) for his ride, and the number of passengers he was willing to take.

The victim in the matter was identified as 34-year-old H Umendar, who worked in a software firm in Coimbatore. The victim had allegedly traveled from Coimbatore to Chennai’s Guduvanchery to have an outing during the weekend with his family. The victim is survived by his wife Bhavya, their two children.

According to Inspector A. Govindharaj, it was the victim’s wife who booked the cab. When N. Ravi came with his cab, all the passengers – the victim, his wife, their two children, wife’s sister, and her two children – entered into the vehicle.

The accused was allegedly enraged at the family stepping into the vehicle without asking his permission. He asked him to step out of his cab and enter only after confirming OTP. The accused and victim had an argument over number of passengers and OTP.

Matters escalated, and soon the victim was left unconscious due to repeated punches on face. He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead.

The Facts of the Matter

According to National Crime Records Bureau report from 2020, a total of 29,193 murders were registered, up from the 28,915 murders reported in 2019. The NCRB also listed down the reasons of the murders, and ‘disputes’ accounted to the highest portion of such cases with 10,404 such incidents. It was followed by ‘enmity’ (4,034 cases), and ‘gain’ (1,876 cases).

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Coimbatore Techie Loses Life over Argument with Cabbie

It is then safe to extrapolate that one of the major causes of murder is an inciting dispute that escalates due to rage, enmity or gain. Recently a software engineer from Coimbatore lost his life following an argument with his cabbie in Chennai.

According to reports, the victim H. Umendar, a native of Guduvanchery, was on an outing with his wife Bhavya and their two children. They were also accompanied by Bhavya’s sister and her two children. The Coimbatore-based techie was having an outing with his family earlier last weekend.

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Wife Had Booked Cab, 7 Passengers Entered Cab

The family had reportedly stepped out of a mall after watching movie and to make way back to the destination, the victim’s wife booked a cab. The cab driver was the accused, N. Ravi. When Ravi came with his vehicle, the family members rushed into the cab.

Accused Enraged, Asked Passengers to Get Out of Cab

The accused was enraged over the victim, his wife, their children, wife’s sister, and her two children, all entering into the cab without asking his permission. He asked them to get out of the vehicle and enter only after the OTP was confirmed.

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Argument and Altercation Ensues

Situation started heating up as everyone exited the car and the victim allegedly slammed the door on the driver’s face. Soon, an argument ensued between the two sides. The cab driver insisted that Umendar should have booked an SUV as there were more people.

As matters spiraled further, the accused threw his phone at the victim. A scuffle broke out between the victim and the accused. According to his wife’s complaint, the victim fell unconscious after receiving multiple punches.

The victim was soon rushed to the nearby hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. The accused meanwhile was nabbed by the onlookers as he was trying to flee the scene.

A case of murder has been filed against the accused.


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