Mohammad Shami in front of his car outside his Jadavpur home. Picture by Pradip Sanyal
July 17: Team India fast bowler Mohammad Shami was abused in front of his Jadavpur home on Saturday night and then told he would be taught a lesson if he dared step out because his car had allegedly blocked the bike of a local youth.
Shami lodged a police complaint after the caretaker of his building was assaulted.
Police identified one of the four alleged harassers from footage captured by the CCTV at the three-storey apartment building, whose first floor Shami occupies, behind South City mall. Three suspects have been arrested and released on bail.
Shami told The Telegraph tonight: "I've told the police about what happened to me and my family. I hope the police will ensure security for us."
On the way back from South City with his wife and daughter, Shami's BMW X1 was moving back and forth on Prince Golam Mohammad Shah Road to enter the car park under his building.
The biker shouted at him for taking "too long" and had an exchange with him. Then he returned with three others to assault the building's caretaker and banged on the door of the cricketer's flat.
"He tapped on my window and started shouting why I was taking so long to park my car. I asked him what his problem was and said that if auto-rickshaws could pass through the remaining road space, why a bike could not," Shami said tonight.
As Shami drove inside the main gate, the biker allegedly threatened caretaker Dhruba Mandal and shouted: " Amay chinis? Thik achhe, gari dhukiye nili, ami aro chhele niye ashchhi (Do you know who I am? OK, you have managed to get your car inside, but I will return with more men)."
"After 15 minutes, he returned with three others, this time on two bikes. They held me by my collar and demanded to know where he (Shami) was. The man who had first started the trouble remained downstairs, constantly abusing my wife, while one of the newcomers ran upstairs behind me as I tried to reach Shami and alert him," Mandal said.
The man banged on the door for some time. The group then left after threatening the cricketer. It is not clear what prompted them to leave suddenly.
Shami said he saw the entire episode through the CCTV monitor installed inside his flat and alerted the police.
Shami was India's leading fast bowler in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. The man from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, who represents Bengal in first-class cricket, last turned out in Team India colours less than 10 days ago, in a T20 against the West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica.
An officer in Lalbazar said: "The CCTV footage was very grainy because of limited illumination. Only one man's face was partially visible. The officers had to zero in on the person by scanning through almost 60 people with similar features in the area. Finally we got our man. He was a barber in the locality."
The suspect was arrested from his home on Sunday afternoon and based on his statement, the other two were picked up.
The three have been booked under charges of criminal trespass (Section 441 of the IPC), voluntary assault (Section 323 of the IPC) and criminal intimidation (Section 506 of the IPC).
The police identified the trio as Jayanta Sarkar, Shiva Pramanik and Swarup Sarkar. Sources said all of them live nearby.
Shami, 26, has represented India in all three formats of cricket. He has played 22 Tests, 49 ODIs and 7 T20s since 2013 and is currently a part of all three teams.