Indian Idol winner Abhijeet Sawant was beaten up by a crowd here on Tuesday night after his friend and reality show participant Prajakta Shukre rammed her car into a scooter, injuring two teenagers, police said.
Shukre rammed the car into a scooter at suburban Santacruz, seriously injuring the rider Tohil Khan (19) and his brother Taufiq Khan (14), they said.
Shukre and her friends, including Sawant, were allegedly racing each other when Shukre lost control of her vehicle.
"Locals who had witnessed the entire accident immediately gathered at the spot and assaulted Sawant, who was trying to appease the crowd," a police official said.
"We rushed to the spot. After pacifying the crowd, we brought Shukre and Sawant to the police station. A case was registered against Shukre, who was later released on bail," said senior inspector Madhukar Chaudhari.
Shukre was arrested and booked for rash and negligent driving and was released on bail on a bond of Rs 3,000.
Rayees Shaikh, a witness, said, "The three cars, including that of Shukre, were racing. Shukre was driving at 110kmph. After ramming into the two-wheeler, it hit a tree. We lost our temper only when Sawant came to intervene and said that he had a lot of contacts and would pay for treatment. It was not about the money, but the way he spoke was rude, for which the locals got agitated."