Hyderabad Brawl: Now Ram Charan challenges, warns media
Calling the photographs "morphed", the 28-year-old actor challenged the media to prove charges against him by showing CCTV footage of the site.
The son of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi's son said, "These images were used by media only on the second day after the incident."
"Why did they not use the image that reportedly has me in the frame on the first day? This clearly indicates that somebody morphed the image in such a way that I could be included in the scene," asked Ram Charan.
"If someone really wants to prove that I manhandled the two, then let him or her submit the CCTV footage and I will take responsibility for the blame. We can't make accuse someone of wrongdoing based on some image that appears to be morphed," he added.
Earlier he also had asserted, "They (two techies) misbehaved with me and went to police station to lodge a complaint but did not. Even I could have lodged a complaint but I did not want to press charges against them keeping in view their careers."
Telling the story of his side, the young actor said, "On Sunday (May 5), I wanted to spend time with my family. My wife and me were driving out for lunch when we had to slow down near the signal on Road No. 1 in Banjara Hills. Two young men travelling in their car started clicking our pictures. In no time they were near my car window clicking away. It started getting uncomfortable."
Continuing his statement, the actor also added, "I gestured to them to move as it was getting irritable. Instead they chose to be rude which upset me. Their rude response to me and my wife prompted me to ask my security to deal with them. They were in an excited state, barefoot, and looked slightly haggard."
"If I were to behave that way, maybe I would have myself got into the ruckus rather than asking my security to deal with it," he added. Ram Charan's bodyguards allegedly had beaten up the two techies -- Phaneesh and Kalyan.
Photographs have emerged in media showing Ram Charan's guards had beaten up the duo as their came on the way of the actor's Aston Martin in the posh Banjara Hills area of the city. Media criticised police inaction in handling the case saying the cops are not ready to take action against the son of Union Minister of State with independent charge for Ministry of Tourism.
However, defending themselves, SHO, Banjara Hills PS, P Murali Krishna was quoted as saying, "The two techies, Phaneesh and Kalyan, did come to our police station to lodge a complaint. There were a lot of media personnel too who came with them. The duo, as well as the media, related the sequence of events that took place near GVK One Mall between actor Ram Charan's bodyguards and them."
Times of India quoted Krishna as saying, "They spoke about the brawl and everything that happened there. So, we told them to give the entire incident in writing. But they (Phaneesh and Kalyan) refused to do so. See, we are here to take any complaint, but the victims, if they claim to be victims, have to give their complaint in writing. Only then can something be done."
The police official also claimed that police can not take any legal action against any citizens unless untill the victim or any eyewitness file any official complaint against the accused. The two victims earlier had claimed that police did not file any complaint against the actor when they had approached them on Sunday.
Media reports say that the duo were pressurized not to lodge any complaint against Ram Charan. According to media reports, a passerby had taken pictures in his mobile phone which clearly showed how the bodyguards had beaten the two techies up while Ram Charan was seating in his car.