A woman in her early 20s has alleged that she was raped by a taxi driver near the airport in Vasco town, around 40 km from Panaji.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Thursday evening. Police arrested the accused identified as Ravichandra Bhat (48) on Friday morning.

The police said that the accused offered to drop the victim to the airport when he spotted her walking alone on the airport road.

“When she refused the driver’s offer, he dragged her into the vehicle and took her to an isolated place in Vasco where he sexually assaulted her,” Vasco police inspector Nolasco Raposo said.

An FIR was registered late on Thursday night under Sections 365 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), the police officer said.

The accused was arrested on Friday morning after a search operation.

“He has been remanded to police custody for seven days,” police said.