Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami was attacked by a group of youths in South Kolkata’s Katjunagar following an argument with the India fast bowler’s driver. The incident took place on Saturday night when Shami and his wife were returning home.
It is said that Shami’s driver was allegedly driving too fast through the narrow lanes and almost collided with a local youth’s motorcycle that was parked meters away from Shami’s residence. This eventually led to a heated argument between the youth and Shami’s driver.
Seeing matters going out of hand, Shami stepped out of his car in an attempt to calm down the situation. The situation appeared to be under control after Shami’s interference and both parties retreated soon after. The pacer was successful in handing the matter.
But the drama had only begun as the youth, who was identified as a barber gathered friends and arrived at Shami’s residence later in order to take revenge. The youths gathered outside Shami’s house and started abusing the cricketer. They also manhandled the gatekeeper while trying to enter the premises.
The whole incident was captured on CCTV camera. Soon, Shami’s wife lodged a FIR in this matter in the Jadavpur Police station.
“Yes, we have received a complaint from Mr. Mohammed Shami’s family. Immediate action was taken against the accused and all of them were arrested on Sunday morning. They have been booked under IPC sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 341 (wrongful restraint),” Police was quoted.
The accused gang was presented in front of the court on Monday.
“He has been living here for a long time now. We never had any problems with him or his family. In fact, he does not behave like a celebrity at all. We often find him in front of the local chat center. His daughter plays around in the local park. So it is hard to believe something like this would happen to them,” the report quoted a source close to Shami’s family.
Shami would look to put all these behind him and make amends in the longest format of the game after being in and out of the Indian limited overs side. He would leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday with the rest of Team India members. India is slated to play three Test matches, followed by a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I against a struggling Sri Lankan side.