Days after 22-year-old Higio Gungtey, a Christ university student hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, was allegedly assaulted by his landlord over a water dispute, the police on Tuesday booked the landlord under IPC sections for racial attack.
The police have added two more sections against the landlord Hemanth Kumar, a lawyer, who allegedly verbally abused and later thrashed Higio at his Hulimavu residence last Monday. Higio had earlier told TNM that Hemanth removed his shoes and made Higio lick it.
Sections 295 and 355 (Assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) has been invoked in the case, The Times of India reports.
Hemanth was earlier booked under sections 341, 323, 506 and 365 of the IPC. After surrendering to the police on Thursday night, Hemanth was released after he obtained an anticipatory bail.
A senior police official was quoted as saying, “The student made his second statement on Monday and based on the statement, we added the two IPC sections. We are seeking legal opinion on whether we can arrest the accused again."
Speaking to TNM earlier, Higio had said that his landlord beat him up for using extra water.
“The owner was drunk I think, when he came into the house. He banged the door, locked it and without any reason, started beating me. He continued to beat me. It felt like hours. After that he removed his shoes and made me lick it. He then barged into my room, took the trolley and threw it out of the house,” Higio said.
After seeking medical assistance at a private hospital, Higio approached DCP South East Boralingaiah, after which he filed a police complaint at Hulimavu station on Thursday.