I was attacked and called the police: Amjyot Singh

NAGPUR: two days after the top of India basketball the players got into a fight on the road and were forced to spend a few hours at the Vidyanagar police station in Bangalore on Thursday, Amjyot Singh He came up with his version of the story on Friday.

I am a victim. I was attacked. It was I who called the police to file a complaint after feeling a threat to my life. I dialed 100 and called the police who took me to the police station on Wednesday night. They forced me to register the complaint and returned me to the shelter, one of the best strikers in the country told TOI Amjyot on Friday.

On a day off from his camp, four players, including Amjyot, Arshpreet Bhullar & Amritpal Singh Together with a junior national camper in the under-17 age group he left the hostel on two motorcycles. They did not inform BFI officials or national service trainers. Later, they got involved in a fight after consuming liquor about two kilometers from the camp facilities.

Giving his version of the entire episode that happened on Wednesday evening, Amjyot agreed that four of them went out & had drinks. Then, Amjyot & Bhullar had an argument. "During the course of that argument Bhullar attacked me & I got injured. Then my roommate Amritpal took Bhullar with him on the bike & asked the other youngster to bring me on another bike. I refused to go on bike & walked two kms back to my room," he said.

"After reaching the hostel, I was shocked to see Bhullar in my room with Amritpal & Satnam Singh. I angrily asked what he was doing there. Bhullar again attacked me but Amritpal & Satnam intervened & separated us,” he added. “Then I was locked inside my room which frightened me. I immediately informed my parents about what has happened & as per their suggestion posted the threat to my life on social media before calling the cops," Amjyot said.

"We were not arrested. Next morning, the cops called us again & were made to meet the DCP at a different office who then asked me & Bhullar to compromise," said Amjyot.

The secretary of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) Chander Mukhi Sharma said a three-member probe panel with senior members have been formed & told to submit a report latest by November 20.

"A three-member disciplinary committee — comprising Shakti Singh Gohil as chairman, Norman Issac as convener & former India captain Rajan as member — has been constituted to examine the alleged breaches of discipline by four players. The committee should get into the details of actual happenings & submit a report for the same. The committee members are reaching Bengaluru on Saturday. The federation will decide the future course of action after it gets the report."

On Amjyot’s claims, Sharma added, “When I was informed about this scuffle, I had a talk with Amjyot on Wednesday night itself. He told me about a threat to his life & that no one was supporting him. He wanted to file a police complaint. I told him if he was free to go ahead with the complaint.”