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Andhra Pradesh: A man employed by a hotel in Andhra Pradesh has been caught on camera beating a woman colleague after she reportedly urged him to wear a mask on June 27.

As the global coronavirus pandemic spreads and claims more victims across the world, the use of measures such as wearing a mask and keeping physical distance have become the norm.

However, there will always be rule flouters.

In India – where the COVID-19 infection rate has officially crossed 567,000 - an incident underscored the volatility of the situation.

In an incident captured on video, a man who is employed in Nellore by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department is seen walking up to a woman colleague and beating her up. When an older gent steps up to stop him, he is pushed down as the thrashing continues with a stick.

Another lady colleague is seen in the clip looking horrified, but quickly walking away. Finally, two men intervene and bodily remove the perpetrator.

"On 27th June, there was some verbal brawl between them. When the victim hurled an abuse, Bhaskar lost control and beat her with the handle of a chair next to him. On the same day of the incident at around 2 pm, the victim complained against Bhaskar at Nellore 4 town Police Station," Sub-inspector Venugopal was quoted as saying to ANI.

"The police sent her to hospital for treatment to a minor injury. Based on her complaint, the police registered a case under sections 324 and 355 of the Indian Penal Code," added the sub-inspector.

The accused will be produced before the court later in the day, he added.