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Uber India’s first woman taxi driver found dead in Bengaluru

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When Bharathi Veerath joined Uber two years ago as a a cab driver in Bengaluru, she made the front pages. Last evening, she was discovered hanging in the home where she lived alone. Her death is being treated as a case of suicide, though no suicide letter has been found.

Police sources say Ms Veerath’s taxi – a Ford Fiesta that she had reportedly saved up to buy – was found abandoned near her house.

“She worked as a tailor and then with an NGO where she learnt how to drive. Later, she joined private taxi aggregator company Uber, where she was the city’s first woman cab driver,” reports The Huffington Post.

Ms Veerath, who moved to Bengaluru from Andhra Pradesh ten years ago according to local media, lived alone. Her body was found by her landlord, who has told the police that Ms Veerath, 39, had informed him that she planned to move back to Andhra soon.

“It appears to be a case of suicide, as the victim’s (V. Bharathi) body was found hanging by a cloth-like rope from the ceiling of a room by her landlord on Monday night,” police officer Prakash told news agency IANS.

“The landlord went to the third floor of his house where Bharathi was staying in the rented portion to check her whereabouts as he did not see her again since Sunday night and found her body hanging through the room’s window and alerted us,” he disclosed.

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