It appears that the safety of ride-hailing service, Careem’s drivers, is in jeopardy these days as a second case of a driver being murdered emerged in the capital. On Monday night, three passengers had booked a Careem ride and upon reaching a certain destination in Islamabad, they tried to kill the driver and flee with the car.
According to the latest reports, the three suspects have been arrested from Rawalpindi for the murder of the Careem Captain, Sajawal Ameer.
According to SSP Operations Rawalpindi, the three suspects had booked a ride from a marriage hall at Samrial Road in Islamabad. When the car reached the Lakho area, the passengers tried to snatch the car from Ameer and when he tried to resist, they shot at him five times.
The injured captain was rushed to the hospital but his injuries were too severe and he eventually succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Wednesday morning.
The SSP said the suspects were arrested after the company provided them with their passenger data, used to sign up and book rides on the service.
Meanwhile the CEO of Careem, Junaid Iqbal blacked the law and order situation of the country and said that law enforcement agencies need to take notice of the increasing violent incidents in the city.
“What can a driver do in front of a gun…we have no answer to that. We are helpless,” he said.
When asked if the organisation has measures in place to ensure captains’ safety, Iqbal said that Careem has a “lot of” safety features. For instance, for a long time the service was not open to no-go areas in Karachi until the LEAs did not clear those regions, he added.
He added that going forward the company might have to consider limiting the service to select areas in the capital too.
This is not the first time that such an incident has taken place, as a few months back, another Careem Captain by the name of Junaid Mustafa was also killed in Islamabad.