Prithvi Shaw attacked by ‘fans’ with baseball bat after bitter row over selfies | Off the field News – Times of India

In what turned out to be a nightmare ‘fan experience’ for cricketer Prithvi Shaw, he and his friend were chased and then attacked by as many as eight people in Mumbai after a row over selfies turned extremely bitter.
From details that have emerged so far it seems like it all began after Shaw refused to entertain persistent demands for selfies after initially saying yes and allowing the ‘fans’ to take some.

A video of one part of the brawl is on social media. This has clearly been filmed by one of the eight people who have been named in a police case for allegedly assaulting Prithvi and his friend and breaking the windshield of his car.
It all started in a luxury hotel in Mumbai where Shaw had gone for dinner with a friend of his.
The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday, they said, adding that the social media influencer, Sapna Gill, was arrested in this connection on Thursday evening, while her friend Shobhit Thakur and six others were booked on the charge of rioting and extortion.
Gill’s lawyer accused Shaw of being drunk and alleged that the cricketer assaulted the influencer with a wooden bat in a “misuse of power and position”, while the police said that Gill and Thakur were in an inebriated condition at the time of the incident.
Shaw had gone to the hotel located near the domestic airport at Santacruz for dinner with his businessman friend when it occurred, an official said.
A complaint in this connection was lodged by Shaw’s friend and flatmate Ashish Yadav, who runs a cafe. Yadav has been staying with Shaw for the last three years at Bandra.
As per the complaint, Thakur and Gill approached Shaw for a selfie at the hotel. Initially, the cricketer allowed them to do so. But they insisted on clicking more selfies with him, a demand that Shaw turned down. After that, Gill and Thakur started arguing and misbehaving with the cricketer, the official said.
The complaint said that both of them (Gill and Thakur) were in an inebriated condition, he added.
On seeing this, the manager of the hotel intervened and asked the person, who was demanding selfies with Shaw, to vacate the premises, he said.
After this incident, Shaw and Yadav had dinner at the hotel. But while they were stepping out of the place along with their friend, they saw the same person holding a baseball bat in hand. After they sat in their car, the accused attacked the windshield of the vehicle with the baseball bat. Sensing more trouble, Shaw was shifted to another car, while Yadav and others drove his vehicle to Oshiwara, he said.
Yadav saw three motorcycles and a white-coloured car chasing their vehicle. Around 4 am, those following him attacked his car when it was taking a U-turn near a petrol pump on Link Road. Thakur, who was one of them, broke the rear windshield of the car with the baseball bat.
The six persons on motorcycles along with Gill and Thakur, who were in the car, abused Yadav and those accompanying him. After that, Yadav took the car to Oshiwara police station. The eight accused also followed them there. Gill started arguing and threatened Yadav to pay Rs 50,000 to settle the matter or else she would lodge a false police complaint against them, the police official said.
After that, Yadav lodged a complaint against the accused. Based on his complaint, the Oshiwara police registered a case against the eight accused under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 148 (rioting), 384 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation) and others, he said.
Meanwhile, Gill’s lawyer Ali Kqashif Khan Deshmukh said his client was innocent and had only requested Shaw to click a selfie. He alleged that Shaw was drunk at that time and he manhandled and assaulted Gill with a wooden bat.
Deshmukh further alleged that Shaw had misused his power and position and got a first information report (FIR) case registered against Gill and her friend Thakur.
“Sapna Gill and her friend (Thakur) were fans of Prithvi Shaw and had requested him for a selfie. He, however, refused and was drunk at the time and started abusing and manhandling them,” Deshmukh claimed.
He added that they had photographs to show that Gill has received serious injuries on her arm due to the assault.
Deshmukh has sought for Gill, who he claims is still at the Oshiwara police station, to be immediately taken to a hospital for a medical check-up.
(With PTI Inputs)
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