Kabaddi star thrashes ri­val team’s fan

Da­bang Delhi’s Nilesh Shinde and friend booked for as­sault on side­lines of lo­cal tour­na­ment in Nehru Na­gar, Kurla

Mid Day - - FRONT PAGE - ANURAG KAM­BLE anurag.kam­ble@mid-day.com

LIVID with a man who was cheer­ing for the win­ning team dur­ing a lo­cal match, Pro-Kabaddi league player Nilesh Shinde as­saulted him, leav­ing him with a gash on his head. Shinde has been booked by the Nehru Na­gar po­lice sta­tion.

THE in­ci­dent took place on Satur­day, when Shinde, who is part of the Da­bang Delhi team in the Pro-Kabaddi league 2017, at­tended a match be­tween San­rak­shan Pratishthan and Swastik Kurla at Nehru Na­gar Shivaji Maidan, Kurla East. While Shinde was sup­port­ing the team from Kurla, lo­cal kabaddi player Satish Sawant, 30, who had also come to watch the game, was sup­port­ing the other team.

The match got over around 11.50 pm with San­rak­shak Pratishthan tak­ing away the tro­phy. “I was cheer­ing for the win­ning team, and screamed ‘shab­bash’ (well done). Af­ter hear­ing me cheer, Shinde started abus­ing me. When I ob­jected, he called his friend Pratap Shetty and the two started beat­ing me,” Sawant al­leged.

Sawant re­ceived a blow to his head that left him with a se­vere gash. Lo­cals in­ter­vened and took Sawant to the of­fice of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, where he was given first aid, be­fore be­ing taken to Ra­jawadi Hos­pi­tal, where he re­ceived stitches to his head. “I don’t un­der­stand what made him so an­gry. We know each other, but have never in­ter­acted in per­son. This is ab­surd,” said Sawant.

The po­lice have booked Shinde and Shetty under sec­tions 323, 324, 504 and 34 of the IPC. The duo has not been ar­rested yet. Shinde was un­avail­able for com­ment.

‘Af­ter hear­ing me cheer, Shinde started abus­ing me. When I ob­jected, he started beat­ing me’ Satish Sawant, the vic­tim

(Above) Satish Sawant, 30, re­ceived stitches to his head; (be­low) the ac­cused, Nilesh Shinde, who was in the Da­bang Delhi team in the 2017 league

Ac­cused Nilesh Shinde is part of the Da­bang Delhi team in the Pro-Kabaddi league, 2017; (right) Satish Sawant had to get stitches to his head af­ter the at­tack

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