The party goes bust

Another controversy gripped the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season V on Friday, as a Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Luke Pomersbach was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly outraging the modesty of an American woman. The alleged incident took place during an after-match party in a five-star hotel in the capital on Thursday night. He was also charged for allegedly severely beating up the victim's fiancé.

The incident came two days after the film star Shah Rukh Khan's scuffle with the officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

A case has been registered against Pomersbach, who plays for Australia, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), Section 323 (causing hurt), Section 454 (house trespass) and Section 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).

At about 6.15 am on Friday, the 28-year-old victim made a PCR call, stating that she had been molested. The Chanakya Puri police station cops then reached the Maurya Sheraton hotel. By this time, the victim had taken her injured fiancé, Sahil Peerzyada, 30, to the Primus Nursing Home nearby. The police and IPL coordinators took Pomersbach to the nursing home for identification. The police then arrested him.

The victim Zuhail Hamid, who chose to reveal her identity, claimed that during a party which at the Dublin discotheque at the ground floor of the hotel, Pomersbach invited himself for drinks with the victim couple and some common friends in their room on the 16th floor. Earlier Pomersbach had invited the Hamid and her fiance to his room on the 22nd floor, which they turned down.

'As everyone was drinking, I pushed myself towards the bedroom to sleep. Luke suddenly, grabbed my hand and tried to kiss me. He even tried to drag me. When my fiance intervened and told him to stop, Luke punched him in the jaw and forehead. My fiance started to bleed and that's when Luke ran away from the room,' the victim said. The victim informed the hotel authorities immediately.

She also said that after sometime Pomersbach came back and started banging door of her room. That was when she made a call to the police. 'I was asked by [Pomersbach] not to lodge the case, but I refused,' she stated.

Peerzyada is Mumbai-based businessman and had come to Delhi for the IPL match with the victim.

Later in the day, the Delhi police produced the accused before a city court, which granted him interim bail and asked him to appear on Saturday.
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