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Police look for more witnesses as Saif claims he was assaulted first

Officers investigating the scuffle involving Saif Ali Khan are looking for independent witnesses as the actor alleged he was assaulted first and acted in self-defence.

Officers investigating the scuffle involving Saif Ali Khan are looking for independent witnesses as the actor alleged he was assaulted first and acted in self-defence. They had earlier recorded the statements of South Africa-based complainant Iqbal Sharma and his family members. The police also said that the restaurant has still not provided them CCTV camera feeds,stating that there are no cameras near the dining area.

The incident took place early on Wednesday when Sharma alleged that Saif had assaulted him after he complained about the latter’s group making noise. A case was registered under Section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intent) against Saif,restaurateur Bilal Amrohi and Shakeel Ladakh,Amrita Arora’s husband. The trio had courted arrest on Wednesday evening and were let off on a surety of Rs 15,000 each.

“Saif gave us a letter alleging he was assaulted first and had acted in self-defence. We are verifying the contents of the letter. We have not yet registered a complaint against Sharma and will do so only if the contents of Saif’s letter are found to be true,” said an officer who did not wish to be named.

He said though statements of some witnesses have been recorded,they are looking for more. “We need to have more witnesses who can corroborate what Saif said. The witnesses we spoke to earlier said they saw Saif assaulting Sharma. They told us they did not know what led to the fight,” the officer said.

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The police have also asked employees of the Wasabi Sushi Bar and Grill at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba to clarify their statement. “We need the hotel to tell us what happened and have sought CCTV camera feeds. The hotel has told us they do not have CCTV cameras near the dining area,” the officer said.

Senior police inspector Vinod Sawant of Colaba police station said they have taken Saif’s fingerprints and recorded his statement.

Meanwhile,the actor told reporters on Thursday that the incident was not a publicity stunt for his upcoming release Agent Vinod. “This is not a publicity stunt (for the film). I hope this matter gets sorted out soon,” he said,reiterating that he could have handled the situation in a better way but it didn’t happen. “I feel sorry for what happened.”

The police on Thursday also questioned Sharma on Saif’s allegations. “I was asked about the allegations levelled against me. I told them I am sticking to my complaint. I was also asked to submit a copy of my passport. I was informed that the next step in the case would be the filing of a chargesheet,” he said.

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