Producer Rahul Rawail ‘beats up’ Bandra evangelist

October 1, 2012 by  
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Producer-director Rahul Rawail 'beats up' Bandra evangelist
Producer-director Rahul Rawail

Mumbai, October 1, 2012: Producer-director Rahul Rawail has been accused of allegedly assaulting a 43-year-old evangelical activist, Janet Balchandran, her son Bharat and husband at the Vaz Bungalow in Bandra (West).

The victim has alleged that the attack was carried out by Rawail as she was opposed to the activities of the group on the building premises. Rawail is a tenant in the building. However, Rawail denied all the allegations.

Balchandran is said to have suffered three stitches on her forehead and has registered an FIR at the Bandra police station against Rawail.

Rawail is known for making films such as Betaab, Anjaam and Arjun Pandit among others. Rawail has recently announced that he was also making Ghayal Returns with Sunny Deol.

“He stays on the ground floor and is a tenant like us. We operated from the second and third floor of the same building and we conduct our prayer meets here. On Saturday, at around 8:30pm, as we were guiding our members to the exit of the bungalow, Rawail along with his wife and son came and shouted at us and pushed me around. His son pushed me and banged my head against the wall and injured myself. Later, we went to the police station and registered an FIR against him and got myself treated at Bhabha Hospital,” alleged Balchandran, who is the chairperson of the Elohim Bible Group.

When contacted, Rawail said, “She had 200 people along with her. How could I assault her? It was she herself who banged her head against the wall and injured herself. She is a sick woman and heads a group which bears adherence to a religious cult, whose leader is based in Korea. The people accompanying her tried to break open the door of the house.”

According to Balchandran, Rawail had complained about the group’s activities especially about the noise. The group has been conducting activities for some time at the same premises.

“Because of his complaints, we kept the doors and windows of the hall closed. There was no chance of any noise pollution. Besides, we ensured that no disturbance is caused to Rawail or his family members,” Balchandran added

– dna

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