Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014 on 5:40 pm

Thugs racially abused, stole from, and then attacked Bradford taxi driver

Khalid Nasir Taxi Driver

Khalid Nasir says taxi drivers experience events like this "all the time"

Khalid Nasir Taxi Driver

The side mirror was kicked during the attack

Khalid Nasir Taxi DriverKhalid Nasir Taxi Driver

A Bradford taxi driver has survived an attack that may have resulted in serious injuries after being physically attacked by his passengers.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, taxi driver Khalid Nasir picked up a fare from Idle village going to Buttershaw. But it was then when his passengers started using racist slurs.

Mr Nasir told the Yorkshire Standard: “I didn’t know if it was directed at me at first, but it seemed like it.

“I took them all the way to their destination without saying a thing but one of them then complained about the money that he was supposed to pay.”

Upon arriving to the destination, one of the passengers started ripping and throwing floor-mats out of the taxi, and Mr Nasir was told to go outside and get them, which he did.

The passengers then kicked the right side mirror, knocked the data head down and looked for the car keys. They then grabbed Mr Nasir’s wallet and phone.

They attacked him after he tried to stop them. They punched him in the back of the head and kicked him in the back. But Mr Nasir made his way back to the car and locked it, when they called him a ‘fat p*** b******’ urging him to get out of the car.

He said: “We taxi drivers get this all the time, but no-one really understands how often we do.

“I work for my wages and make sure I get my passenger from A to B safe and sound, but this is the response I got. And I have to live with this because I have a wife and kids to feed and bills to pay.”

The incident took place for around 15 to 20 minutes.

Mr Nasir called his cab firm, Power Carz, who promptly contacted West Yorkshire Police, who arrived to the scene after an hour, according to Mr Nasir.

Cllr Ishtiaq Ahmed from the Manningham Ward was one of the first to receive the news, and said: “It is Mr Nasir’s shear luck that he did not receive any life threatening injuries as he was totally outnumbered and physically overpowered.

“Some have had to put up with years of constant verbal and physical intimidation, passengers running off without paying money and others have even had knives pulled on them to avoid paying fares. Incidents of this nature will not be tolerated and the Police need to act more robustly.”

Superintendent Scott Bisset, of Bradford District Police, said: “We can confirm that a call was received reporting a theft in Blackshaw Drive, Buttershaw, at around 7.15am on Sunday, 8 June.

“This was initially reported as an incident where the suspects had left the area, and due to other ongoing emergencies in the District, officers were unable to attend immediately.

“Each call for service is graded according to its nature and officers attended as soon as they were available.

“The incident is now under investigation and we are in contact with the victim, who has been fully updated on its progress.

“Any assault is unacceptable, but attacks on taxi drivers are taken particularly seriously and we regularly work closely with local taxi firms and partner organisations to prevent such incidents.”

Mr Nasir has had problems whilst working as a security guard in the past and claimed he was regularly called a “suicide bomber” by colleagues, who described it as just “banter”.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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