March 18, 2021 9:24:10 pm
Denying rumours that she left the city to evade police investigation, Instagram influencer Hitesha Chandranee — who accused a Zomato employee of assaulting her while delivering her food — has said she is cooperating with the probe.
“I have been cooperating with the police and have not left Bengaluru as spread by various quarters. Bengaluru is home for me,” she said in a written statement shared on her Instagram profile.
Chandranee further stated that she had been harassed, abused, and threatened. “I have had to take medical treatment for my nose which was fractured due to the incident. I have received many calls from various people using repulsive and threatening words against me,” she wrote.
On March 9, Chandranee had shared a video of her bleeding nose on social media, alleging that a Zomato delivery executive, later identified as Kamaraj, assaulted her. Electronic City police had then filed an FIR and arrested him.
Kamaraj filed a counter-complaint after getting released on bail. In his complaint filed at the same police station, he accused Chandranee of abusing him and throwing slippers at him, adding that the injury to her nose might have been caused by her own ring.
Several people, including celebrities like actor Parineeti Chopra, had demanded an unbiased investigation after news of the incident broke. In a series of Instagram stories, Parineeti Chopra wrote that the treatment meted out to Kamaraj, if he is innocent, is “inhuman” and she wanted the food delivery app to “publicly report” the truth.
In her latest post, Chandranee said comments made by celebrities had left her hurt. “The posts made by certain celebrities which accuse me of being responsible for the incident have hurt me immensely as these are the people I look up to,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru police have said that Chandranee will be summoned for questioning only after collecting enough evidence in the case. “A notice will be issued to the woman after the team probing the case is done collecting evidence. She will be summoned for questioning only after that,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Joshi Srinath Mahadev said.
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