Hyderabad: A 30-year-old man from the city was allegedly beaten up by a US Consulate staffer on Friday after a deal over a second-hand car reportedly went awry. The Begumpet police said they have received a complaint and are investigating.
According to the complaint, Gaurav Jain, a businessman, had sold a second-hand car to James Kaminsky, a staffer at the US Consulate in January 2021. The complaint said Kaminsky had reached back, alleging that the car needed repairs.
It said both sides agreed to share the repair costs equally, following which the car was left at a workshop in March. Jain’s complaint said that after the repairs Kaminsky allegedly took the car without paying his share of the repair bill. When asked about the same in an email, Kaminsky refused to pay his part of the bill, Jain alleged.
These differences reportedly came to a head on Friday when Gaurav's brother went to the Consulate. Kaminsky collected from him the car's original registration certificate and other documents. After this, Gaurav’s brother was escorted out of the Consulate premises.
Irked at not being paid the share of repair costs, Gaurav's brother took the car’s key and approached the cops at the Begumpet police station. The police asked him to go back to the vehicle and dial 100. While the brothers were waiting outside the Consulate by the car, Kaminsky came charging at them with an iron baton and beat them up, causing bleeding injuries, complaint alleged.
Begumpet inspector P. Srinivasa Rao said police had received a complaint. "It appears that both sides made mistakes. We will be starting an investigation soon. No FIR has been registered yet," the police officer said. When Deccan Chronicle reached out to the Consulate for its comments on the issue, there was no response till late into the night.