The earlier reports from Zimbabwe that an Indian cricketer was alleged of rape rattled not just the Indian cricket team, but lakhs of cricket fans across the country. After the initial flurry of media reports, it was later clarified that two Indian nationals, one of whom is linked to the in-stadia rights-holder of the ongoing India-Zimbabwe ODI series are the two people involved in the alleged rape charges, and have absolutely nothing to do with the Indian cricket team.
Krishna Satyanarayan, associated with ITW Sports and Rajkumar Krishnan, a Zambia-based businessman were arrested in Harare, by the local police. They both were staying at Meikles Hotel, where the alleged rape had occured, and the same hotel houses the Indian cricket team too – the reason for the confusion. And the early speculation linking one of Indian cricketer in the incident was led by a website newzimbabwe.com.
Meanwhile the Indian media too ran stories of the speculation leading to much embarrassment to the cricket team, who were unaware of the development, and were left to field awkward questions.
Charity Charamba, Senior Assistant Commissioner, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP clarified, “Two Indian nationals, Krishna Satyanarayan, aged 33, and Rajkumar Krishnan were arrested on rape charges. The girl was based in South Africa and attending a funeral in Harare. She was staying at the same hotel as those two and alleged that she was raped by them. Police have confirmed that the woman was raped. The two accused were taken to court and remanded in custody yesterday. They will apply for bail in the High Court on Monday.”