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Car dealer held for 'mistreating' staff

Rishabh Himatsingka after his arrest on Sunday. Picture by Manash Das

Guwahati: Police on Sunday arrested Risabh Himatsingka, proprietor of Mukesh Hyundai, on charges of mental and physically harassing an employee.

There was an uproar after pictures of Himatsingka making Kamal Das, an employee, kneel down holding his ears during a celebration at Ganeshguri showroom here on Wednesday went viral on social media.

The police said Himatsingka, 35, was picked up from a resort at Sonapur on the city's outskirts around noon in connection with two cases (numbers 1864 and 1892 of 2018) against him at Dispur police station. The cases were registered under different Sections of the IPC such as 506 (criminal intimidation), 342 (wrongful confinement), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups).

Himatsingka was absconding since FIRs were lodged against him on Thursday evening.

One was lodged by Das while the other was registered based on complaints filed by organisations such as the All Assam Automobile Labours' Union, Orchid India and Ram Sena, Asom.

Himatsingka was produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup (metro), here late on Sunday evening and has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

Outraged by the employee's alleged failure to properly maintain the stock register, Himatsingka allegedly grabbed Das by his shirt and humiliated him by forcing him to kneel down holding his ears in front of other staff and customers.

Reacting to Himatsingka's arrest, Das told The Telegraph over phone that he wanted Himatsingka to seek a public apology as he had humiliated him in front of everyone which caused severe mental pain and agony.

The showroom and service centre of Mukesh Hyundai was closed since Friday following protests by several organisations.

Many organisations, including the AJYCP, KMSS, Sodou Asom Unnayan Parishad, Asomiya Yuba Mancha and the Lachit Sena, protested outside the showroom, demanding an unconditional apology from Himatsingka. KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi also joined the protests on Friday.

The police and the CRPF personnel had to be deployed to prevent deterioration of law and order.

The protest ended only when Dhiraj Das Kashyap, general manager (sales) of Mukesh Hyundai, gave a written assurance that the showroom and service centre would remain closed till Himatsingka apologised to Das in front of the media. A section of employees also denounced the conduct of Himatsingka.

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