“My family is in danger,” says bowler Mohammed Shami's father

New Delhi: Two days after Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami's brother Mohammad Haseeb was booked for allegedly 'pressuring cops' to release a group of men arrested on charges of cow slaughter, his father Tauseef Ahmad has claimed that his family is in “danger.”

While speaking to an English newspaper, Ahmad said "My son was not even present there at the time of the incident and had reached the site only much later."

“He (Haseeb) was just an onlooker. He was unnecessarily dragged into the controversy . It is just that a few people are nurturing enmity with our family because of the publicity we have got after Shami started playing for team India. I had reported the issue to the DM a month ago. This (the arrest) is a result of that. A term like 'cow slaughter' is being used to target us,” he further added.

On Thursday afternoon, station officer of Didoli police station got a tip-off regarding a person wanted in a case of cow slaughter. When the team led by Kumar went to arrest the man, Haseeb allegedly prevented the police from doing their job and got into a scuffle with sub-inspector Pradeep Bhardwaj, tearing the latter's uniform.

After the accused fled the scene, police arrested and filed charges against Haseeb.

An FIR on charges of rioting, promoting enmity between groups and causing hurt to deter public servant from doing his duty among others has been filed against Haseeb.

News24 Bureau