Mumbai: Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari’s father has filed a police complaint against former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli’s wife at Mumbai’s Bangur Nagar Police Station.
Ankit’s father, Raj Kumar Tiwari on Sunday claimed that Kambli’s wife Andrea Hewitt allegedly assaulted the 59-year-old by punching him in a Mumbai mall.
She did not stop there and even took off her sandals to beat him.
Kambli and Andrea have claimed that RK Tiwari deliberately brushed his hand against Andrea while the latter party is alleging that the cricketer and his wife assaulted the 59-year-old man at the Inorbit Mall in Malad.
RK Tiwari has even claimed that Andrea took off her sandal to beat him.
Bangur Nagar police are now investigating the matter and will take further action after their preliminary investigations.
“We were at the Game Zone in the mall around 3 pm when my wife caught hold of an old man’s hand. He had deliberately brushed his hand against her and when she caught him in the act, he pushed her away.
“Minutes later when we were at the food court, two men, who we assume were the man’s sons, tried to attack my wife. When I told them to back off, they told me, ‘You don’t know who we are’,” Kambli told Mumbai Mirror.
Kambli’s wife also narrated the incident and claimed that the man attempted to take “advantage of the crowds”.
“I was playing with my children when this guy took the opportunity to rub his hand against me. Maybe he thought nothing would happen because it was crowded. When I caught his hand, I was surprised to see this old man. He appeared embarrassed because I had caught him red-handed.
“He appeared scared, and said something in Hindi, on the lines that ‘I cannot do something like this’. The inappropriate touching ka zamaana is over. Such things should be dealt with strictly,” Andrea said.
Interestingly, Kambli and Andrea haven’t filed any complaints with the police yet but the Tiwaris have lodged an FIR against the cricketer and his wife.
“We are probing the matter, after which necessary action will be initiated. As of now, a non-cognisable offence has been registered,” senior inspector Vinay Bane from Bangur Nagar Police Station confirmed.
Ankur Tiwari claims his father was disoriented after the attack.
“My father, a retired bank employee, had accompanied my daughter to the Game Zone. My father told me he spotted Vinod Kambli there, and as he was walking past a woman, he blacked out.
“My father was disoriented after the attack. He couldn’t believe he had been punched, and that a woman was screaming, accusing him of brushing his hand against her. I asked my father to identify the woman, and we realised she was Kambli’s wife,” Ankur said.
“I told them I wanted to speak with them, but they pushed me and hurled abuses. Kambli’s wife removed her sandal and threatened to hit me with it,” he added.
Kambli retired from international cricket in 2009 even though he last played for India in 2000. He featured in 17 Tests and 104 ODIs for the country scoring 1084 and 2477 runs respectively.