Singer Sonu Nigam pushed, his 2 colleagues manhandled at Mumbai event; FIR against MLA's son

The incident took place around 11 pm when Nigam was in suburban Chembur to attend a music festival, a police official said.
A still from the video of the incident where singer Sonu Nigam, team is being attacked. (Photo | Twitter)
A still from the video of the incident where singer Sonu Nigam, team is being attacked. (Photo | Twitter)

MUMBAI: Noted singer Sonu Nigam was pushed and his two colleagues manhandled allegedly by the son of an MLA during a scuffle over taking a selfie with the singer at a musical event in Mumbai, police said on Tuesday.

A colleague of Nigam was injured in the incident which took place at Chembur Gymkhana on Monday night after the singer's live performance, an official said. A video of the incident later surfaced on social media platforms.

Based on a complaint filed by Nigam, the Chembur police registered an FIR against Swapnil Phaterpekar, the son of local Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Phaterpekar, under Indian Penal Code Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), the official said.

According to Nigam's complaint, he and his colleagues were leaving the stage after the performance when a man, later identified as Swapnil Phaterpekar, came from the back and caught hold of the singer.

The accused apparently wanted to take a selfie with the singer. As per the complaint, Nigam's colleague Hari Prakash tried to stop the accused and took him aside.

However, the accused allegedly manhandled Prakash due to which he fell down from the stage, the official said quoting the complaint. The accused then pushed Nigam due to which he also fell on the stairs, as per the complaint.

When Nigam's another colleague Rabbani Khan came forward to help him, the accused allegedly manhandled him also. Khan, too, fell down, said the complaint.

The support staff present near the stage then came forward and stopped the accused, an official from Chembur police station said. Khan, who received injuries, was taken to a private hospital in Chembur, he said.

Nigam went to the Chembur police station in the early hours of Tuesday, recorded his statement and filed a complaint against the accused, the official said, adding a probe was underway into the case.

Later, the accused's sister in a tweet said on behalf of the organisers, they have officially apologised to Nigam and his team for the unpleasant incident.

She said while Nigam was being hurriedly ushered off the stage after delivering his performance, her brother was trying to take a selfie with the singer.

"Due to the rush & furore, there was a commotion that ensued," she tweeted.

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