A day after an FIR was lodged against Instagram influencer Hitesha Chandranee, who had accused Zomato delivery executive Kamaraj of attacking her, she left Bengaluru on Wednesday.
This came just after cops contacted Chandranee for questioning following Kamaraj’s counter-complaint. The Zomato food delivery executive has rejected the allegations levelled against him, saying “let the truth win”.
A leading news portal reported that the police said they called the Bengaluru-based woman to appear before the investigating officer for questioning, but she said she had left the city and is at her aunt’s house in Maharashtra.
The police said that they have given her time to make her statement once she returns, and added, “If she fails to come before police, we will arrest her”.
On the basis of a complaint lodged by Kamaraj, she has been booked under sections 355 (assault), 504 (insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Here’s everything that has happened in the case so far –
Hitesha Chandranee, a makeup artist and influencer from Bengaluru had recently shared a video claiming that a Zomato delivery executive hit her and ran away after an altercation over a delay in delivery of food. Hours after Chandranee posted the video, Kamaraj was arrested by the Bengaluru police. However, he was granted conditional bail afterward.
Chandranee had shared a video of the same on her Instagram account and a shorter version of the same clip on Twitter.
After her video went viral, Zomato also shared an apology for the incident and promised necessary action. “Hey Hitesha, thank you for speaking to us, we can assure you this is not the experience our delivery universe stands for. Our local representative shall be in touch with you shortly to help you with the police investigation. Along with assistance on the medical care required. We can’t emphasize how sorry we are, rest assured we’ll take necessary actions to prevent such incidents from happening in the future,” they wrote.