Tension prevailed outside Empire restaurant at Bannerghatta Road on Saturday night when a group of food delivery persons clashed with the restaurant staff. It ended with the restaurant premises being vandalised.
According to the police, around 8 p.m. on Saturday, an Empire staff member, Farooq, had parked his bike in front of the restaurant. Nadeem, a delivery person, came to pick up a parcel. While he was parking, Nadeem’s bike hit Farooq’s. Farooq started fighting with Nadeem and his colleagues joined in and allegedly assaulted him. Later, Nadeem informed his own colleagues, who rushed to the spot and attacked Farooq.
A group clash followed.
The police brought the situation under control and detained a few people.
A complaint and counter-complaint have been filed in the police station. The police have detained a group of 20 food delivery boys along with seven staff members of Empire on the charges of assault, rioting and creating a nuisance.
Earlier, the Income Tax Department conducted searches at over two dozen premises of popular hotel and restaurant chains in Tamil Nadu on charges of alleged tax evasion, officials said. They said the raids were being carried out at 32 locations of companies like Saravana Bhavan, Hot Bread, Anjappar and Grand Sweets.
These hotels serve some of the best south Indian delicacies, including cakes, pastries and sweets that are even shipped abroad, news agency PTI quoted a senior official as saying.
The officials added that the department is looking into allegations of suppression of income by these groups by various means and hence decided to conduct searches and obtain further evidence. The daily operations of these restaurants were not affected by the raids.