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Police Warns Zomato User Who Cancelled Order Over “Non-Hindu Rider”

| Published on August 1, 2019

It was only recently when a man triggered nationwide debate over religious intolerance for canceling his Zomato order as he was assigned a “non-hindu” delivery executive.

The man has now been sent notice by the Madhya Pradesh police warning him of jail sentence if in case he tweets anything divisive in the next 6 months.

“If in the next six months, he again makes any such tweets or commits any such act which is against basic tenets of the constitution or worthy of disturbing public peace or communal amity, then he will automatically be sent to jail,” Jabalpur district police superintendent Amit Singh said.

The police have also put him under surveillance, he said, adding the man had violated constitutional provisions where there is no place for any kind of untouchability and acts disturbing religious harmony.

The man from Madhya Pradesh had boasted about canceling his order placed on Zomato as the designated rider was a “non-Hindu” on Twitter.

“Just cancelled an order on Zomato,” Amit Shukla tweeted. “They allocated a non-Hindu rider for my food. They said they can’t change rider and can’t refund on cancellation.”

To which Zomato had responded:

https://twitter.com/ZomatoIN/status/1156429449258250240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1156429449258250240&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ndtv.com%2Findia-news%2Fman-cancels-order-over-non-hindu-rider-zomato-responds-mic-drop-2078008

They also shared a longer statement later:

https://twitter.com/ZomatoIN/status/1156527900931346432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1156527900931346432&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ndtv.com%2Findia-news%2Fman-cancels-order-over-non-hindu-rider-zomato-responds-mic-drop-2078008

Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal echoed his company’s stand, with a firm message. “We are proud of the idea of India – and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values,” Mr Goyal tweeted.

Other brands including Uber Eats and Bollywood stars like Swara Bhaskar also lauded Zomato for its response.

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