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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Roadside scuffle: my images morphed to implicate me, says Ram Charan Teja

IANS  Hyderabad, May 10, 2013
First Published: 10:11 IST(10/5/2013) | Last Updated: 10:22 IST(10/5/2013)

Refuting recent allegations that he had roughed up two civilians in a roadside tiff, Telugu actor Ram Charan has said that the images were morphed to show him at the brawl scene.

"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," Ram Charan told reporters here at a press meet.

"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.

Ram also said that his entourage did not manhandle Kalyan and Phanish, the reported victims. "My security personnel only tried to drive away those men who were unnecessarily creating ruckus in the middle of the road. In the process, they resisted and, therefore, my guards had to literally push them," Charan said.

"If my guards had really hit them then why didn't they bleed? All my guards are six feet and above and very strong. One can imagine the damage if they had handled these men physically," he said.

He said the two men provoked him.

"What am I supposed to do when two guys on a Sunday afternoon knock on the window of my car and start a verbal altercation? Anybody would've reacted the way I handled the situation," said Ram.

"I could have pressed charges on the two, but i didn't because i knew it would affect their careers. I was empathetic towards them and yet i'm being blamed," he added.

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