Bharathi Veerath, a cab driver, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her residence on Monday in Nagashettyhalli, off Ballari Road in Bengaluru. A native of Warangal, she held the distinction of being Bengaluru's first woman taxi driver.
The neighbours became suspicious on seeing her taxi parked outside the house for a long time and went up the stairs to her apartment at the third floor only to find her hanging by her neck, said news reports.
The police were immediately informed and an investigation is underway.
The police found no suicide note and the unlocked door was also bothering the investigators. However, for now, the police have filed a case of suicide.
The 40-year-old cab driver stayed alone in her apartment and had recently informed her landlord that she was planning to move back to her native in Telangana.
Veerath worked at an NGO before she became a taxi driver. She learnt driving car during her stint at the NGO Sangam, an orgaistaion that works for the rights of the LGBT community. And later she joined all-woman cab service, Angel City Cabs.
In 2014, she made headlines after becoming online taxi aggregator, Uber's first Indian woman driver.