A Vadodara-based freelance artist, Divyang Parmar, was restrained by the JP Road police after he threatened self-immolation over alleged non-payment of pending dues by cricketer Yusuf Pathan for 28 works of art. Parmar claims to have delivered the 28 pieces at the cricketer’s Tandalja residence.
Parmar, who has filed an application seeking police intervention in the case, claimed the cricketer and his relative Abid Sheikh had cheated him of Rs 6 lakh.
On Monday, the JP Road police sought assurance in court from Parmar that he would not carry out his threat of self-immolation. In his complaint (a copy of which is with The Indian Express) Parmar has alleged that Yusuf Pathan had commissioned him to give an artistic facelift to his Tandalja residence in 2011.
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By February 2012, Parmar claims to have delivered 28 works, including ceramic murals, paper murals and paintings, at a cost of Rs 6 lakh. However, almost two years later, he is still awaiting payment.
When contacted, Abid Sheikh said Pathan had placed no order with Parmar for any art work. Sheikh said, “He did meet me long back but we have not given him any order. His allegations are baseless.”
Policemen from the JP Road police station have recorded the statements of Parmar and Sheikh and are trying to establish contact with Yusuf Pathan.
Satish Sharma, Commissioner of Police, said, “Parmar has alleged that his payment is due from Pathan. We have not been able to contact Yusuf Pathan, so we do not know what is the other side of the story. This is really a civil matter and must be directed for arbitration.”