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Indian cricketer booked for harassing female friend

MUMBAI: A key Indian cricketer has been booked following complaints filed by his female friend for assault and attempts to outrage her modesty.

Amit Mishra, who is part of all three squads for Test, ODI and T20 in an ongoing series against South Africa, is now facing a criminal case.

The woman has alleged that she was attacked in a five-star hotel in Bengaluru on September 25 while Mishra was in the city to attend a cricket camp. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central division) Sandeep Patil said the police have served a notice asking Mishra to appear before them within a week for further investigation.

The woman in her complaint claimed she and Mishra were friends for over four years and would often meet each other. On September 25 she entered Mishra’s hotel room when he was not around and this resulted in an altercation when he arrived, the woman told the police. The argument turned violent and Mishra allegedly beat her with a tea kettle.

“Some members of the hotel staff witnessed the incident and we have taken their statements. We have enough evidence to take action against Mishra if he fails to appear before the investigating officer,” DCP Patil said. He said the police have also emailed the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) about the incident.

The case against Mishra has been registered under the Indian Penal Code section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty).

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