A ruckus was created at Inorbit Mall, Malad, yesterday, when former India cricketer Vinod Kambli and his wife Andrea Hewitt alleged that a 59-year-old man touched the cricketer’s wife inappropriately. The accused in question is Ankit Tiwari’s father, RK Tiwari, he was accompanied by his son Ankur Tiwari.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, “Kambli and Andrea have alleged that Tiwari’s father RK Tiwari deliberately brushed his hand against Andrea, even as Ankur claimed the couple punched his 59-year-old father, and that Andrea took off her sandal to assault him.”

While talking to Mirror, Kambli  insisted that “an old man inappropriately touched” his wife. He said, “We were at the Game Zone in the mall around 3 pm when my wife caught hold of an old man’s hand. He had deliberately brushed his hand against her and when she caught him in the act, he pushed her away. Minutes later when we were at the food court, two men, who we assume were the man’s sons, tried to attack my wife. When I told them to back off, they told me, ‘You don’t know who we are’.”

While talking to the leading tabloid, Andrea revealed that she was certain the man had attempted to take “advantage of the crowds” to touch her “inappropriately”. “I was playing with my children when this guy took the opportunity to rub his hand against me. Maybe he thought nothing would happen because it was crowded. When I caught his hand, I was surprised to see this old man. He appeared embarrassed because I had caught him red-handed. He appeared scared, and said something in Hindi, on the lines that ‘I cannot do something like this. The inappropriate touching ka zamaana is over. Such things should be dealt with strictly.”

When the singer's brother, Ankur Tiwari was asked about the incident, he said, “My father, a retired bank employee, had accompanied my daughter to the Game Zone. My father told me he spotted Vinod Kambli there, and as he was walking past a woman, he blacked out.  My father was disoriented after the attack. He couldn’t believe he had been punched, and that a woman was screaming, accusing him of brushing his hand against her. I asked my father to identify the woman, and we realised she was Kambli’s wife.”

Rubbishing the Kambli's allegations that he tried to assault Andrea, Tiwari said, “I told them I wanted to speak with them, but they pushed me and hurled abuses. Kambli’s wife removed her sandal and threatened to hit me with it.”

Senior Inspector Vinay Bane from Bangur Nagar Police Station confirmed the Tiwaris had filed a complaint against Kambli and his wife.

“We are probing the matter, after which necessary action will be initiated. As of now, a non-cognisable offence has been registered.”

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