The Mukesh Hyundai showroom at Ganeshguri in Guwahati and its servicing centre would remain closed until and unless Rishabh Himatsingka, the owner of the company, does not apologise publicly for assaulting one of his employees in front of other of his colleagues on Thursday.
This decision was taken by the authorities of the company after a discussion with representatives of a number of organizations of the State led by Krishk Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi. An agreement was signed by Dhiraj Das Kashyap, general manager (Sales), Mukesh Hyundai, on behalf of the company in presence of the representatives of the organizations.
It may be mentioned that after the incident of an employee of the company being compelled to kneel down holding his ears in front of other employees on Thursday went viral in the social media networking site Facebook, all sections of people across the State expressed strong reactions. Later three organizations of the State – All Assam Automobile Labours’ Union (AAALU), Orchid India and Ram Sena, Asom – had lodged FIRs at the Dispur Police Station seeking action against Rishabh Himatsingka.
As per police sources, Rishabh Himatsingka allegedly dragged the employee, identified as Kamal Das, holding his shirt and ordered him to kneel down in front of the other employees present there to celebrate the company’s success.
On Friday, as the incident created an uproar across the State, a meeting was held between the Mukesh Hyundai management and leaders of four organizations including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Sadou Asom Unnayan Parishad, Lachit Sena and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad where it was demanded that the company owner should apologise publicly for physical and mental harassment of one of his employees.
After the meeting, an agreement was signed by the company management where Dhiraj Das Kashyap, general manager (sales) promised that Rishabh Himatsingka, the owner of the company would apologise for harassing one of the employees, Kamal Das, both mentally and physically.
He also assured in the agreement: “Until and unless Rishabh Himatsingka apologises for his act before the media in Assam publicly, till then the Mukesh Hyundai showroom at Ganeshguri and its servicing centre would remain closed.”
The company management also assured through the agreement that during the closure period, all the employees of the company would receive their payment and leave.
Meanwhile, the victim, Kamal Das, has also lodged an FIR against the Mukesh Hyundai owner at the Dispur Police Station. He has also threatened to move the Labour court seeking justice.