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Dabang Delhi defender Nilesh Shinde faces criminal charges for beating up rival team fan

He was booked by Mumbai Police for assault.


Nilesh Shinde (left)
Nilesh Shinde (left)

What's the story?

Pro Kabaddi League side Dabang Delhi's veteran skipper Nilesh Shinde has been booked by the Mumbai police for allegedly assaulting a man at a local Kabaddi event in Mumbai, according to a Maharashtra Times report.

In case you didn't know...

Nilesh Shinde recently appeared for the Dabang Delhi K.C side in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 and was one of the veterans of the team along with Bajirao Hodage. When he is not competing for the Delhi team, Nilesh turns out for the Bharat Petroleum kabaddi team.

The heart of the matter

Nilesh Shinde, along with his friend Pratap Shetty, who was a trainer of Bengal Warriors last season, had gone to watch a local Kabaddi tournament at Nehru Nagar Shivaji Maidan, Mumbai. The match was contested between Sanrakshan Pratishthan from Bhandup and Swastik Kurla teams. Nilesh Shinde went to the match to show his support for the Kurla side.

The team from Bhandup ended up winning the match and after the match, Satish Sawant. a local Kabaddi player went to congratulate the Bhandup side. During these post-match celebrations, Sawant and Shinde got into a verbal argument which turned physical very soon. Shinde's friend Pratap Shetty also stepped in and apparently both of them beat Sawant up pretty badly.

During the assault, he received a head blow and started bleeding profusely and soon was taken to a local hospital by locals. Sawant lodged a complaint with the Nehru Nagar police against both Shinde and Shetty.

Meanwhile, the Nehru Nagar Police have booked the duo under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by weapon), 504 (breach of peace) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

What's next?

Nilesh Shinde and Pratap Shetty haven't been arrested yet by the Nehru Nagar police but with the magnitude of charges and the witnesses present, it seems a matter of time that action is taken against them.

Author's take

Incidents like these severely damage the profile of any player, let alone a veteran like Nilesh Shinde who has been around for so many years on the Kabaddi circuit.

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