Zomato case: Hitesha Chandranee says she wouldn’t risk her life and reputation to orchestrate anything Zomato row: Hitesha issues statement saying she is worried about her safety
Hitesha said she has been hounded on social media across platforms and even attacked by statements by “celebrities”.
Hitesha Chandranee, the woman who had accused a Zomato delivery executive in Bengaluru of punching her but was booked later allegedly for framing him, has released a statement on her Instagram page. In her statement, Chandranee said she “would not risk” her “life, reputation, respect and peace of mind by orchestrating anything”.
Bengaluru-based social media influencer Hitesha Chandranee, who made news over the widely reported Zomato controversy, released a statement on Thursday detailing the mass threats, harassment and abuse she has been subjected to. She has called for a neutral probe to bring out the truth and said she is worried about her safety. “I live by myself in Bengaluru and the past few days have been very difficult for me and I am worried about my safety,” she said. She also said she has been cooperating with the police and “have not left Bengaluru (permanently) as spread by various quarters”.The battle of narratives continues in the case of Hitesha Chandranee, an Instagram influencer whose March 10 video claiming she had been assaulted by a Zomato delivery executive kicked up a storm.Bengaluru: Two days after a Bengaluru woman alleged she was attacked by a Zomato delivery agent and shared videos showing her bleeding nose, there are two versions of a story that now involves an investigation and that has divided social media. The accused man, Kamaraj, says he was beaten with shoes and abuses were hurled at him, which the customer, Hitesha Chandranee, has emphatically denied. Zomato says it is supporting both, pending investigations, and wants “both sides of the story to come to light”.
Hitesha Chandranee, a content creator, said on Wednesday, leading up to the incident, she had been on the phone constantly with Zomato’s customer service over her delayed food order.
“I had full right to fight with customer support when I am paying. I kept saying either cancel my order or do me a favour by making it free,” Ms Chandranee said.
“The moment I asked him (Kamaraj) whether Zomato had told him anything about cancelling the order or waiving the charges, he was very rude. He said ‘Ma’am, I have no idea, please don’t waste my time. Give me my money and let me go.”
Ms Chandranee said she then told Zomato’s customer care that the man was shouting at her. “He sounded very threatening to me,” she said.
She alleged that when he shouted, she tried to shut the door and he pushed against it, saying – “Tu kya kar rahi hai (what are you doing)?” He reached in and grabbed the order and left, she claimed.
“I told him you can’t do this. Then he punched me. It happened within two minutes. I couldn’t understand what was happening. He ran to the lift…I didn’t know my nose was bleeding. When I gathered myself, I went after him and stopped him. He hit me again and, as the lift wouldn’t shut, pushed me and ran down the stairs,” she alleged.
None of this is on camera as there is no CCTV, according to her.
Mr Kamaraj was arrested and released on bail and is now under temporary suspension from Zomato with a police case against him.
A week after her allegation, the executive, Kamaraj, filed a counter-FIR alleging Chandranee had assaulted him first, and claimed she hurt herself while he was safeguarding himself. A day after his FIR, media reports claimed police were unable to locate Chandranee, and that she had left the city after her address was leaked online.
Now, Chandranee has released her first statement since her original post, saying she fears for her safety and asserting that she has not left Bengaluru.
“From the time the incident occurred and while undergoing trauma on what happened to me as what happens to many girls and women who live alone in this city, I have been hounded on social media by tweets, posts and statements by ‘celebrities’ because of which I have decided to make this statement,” she wrote.