Former cricketer Praveen Kumar has been accused of beating up his neighbour and manhandling a minor boy in TP Nagar locality here on Saturday, stated police.
Station house officer (SHO) of TP Nagar police station, Dinesh Chand, stated that complaints had been obtained from both the facets and an investigation was underway to affirm their charges. “A case will be lodged on the foundation of the findings,” he said.
Praveen Kumar’s neighbour Deepak Sharma alleged that the cricketer, in an inebriated state, thrashed him and pushed his seven-year-old son. “I was once waiting for my son at the bus stop at three pm on Saturday. Kumar got here in his car and commenced abusing the bus driver first and later abused me. He used to be in an inebriated state. He thrashed me and pushed my son. I have fractured my hand.”
According to Sharma, the bus driver had stopped the bus to drop the infant when Kumar arrived there in his car. Sharma stated he started honking to get the bus to move to a side. Reportedly, the cricketer then came out of his vehicle and protested towards blockading of the road. Sharma and Kumar engaged in an altercation, which led to manhandling.
Praveen Kumar, who at the beginning did no longer talk to the media, said later, “I was once an global cricketer. I have two children -- a daughter and a son. I have by no means killed an ant then why would I beat a boy? The boy and his father Deepak Sharma, who is my neighbour, thrashed me up when I alighted from my vehicle final evening (Saturday) near my home.”
After intervening in the issue, superintendent of police (SP) Akhilesh Narayan said, “Both of them are neighbours and they have informed the police about the incident. We are investigating the rely based on their statements. Further motion will be taken accordingly. The clinical method has also been done.”
However, Sharma claimed that the police refused to register his criticism and informed him to approach the higher authorities as the case was related to an international cricketer.