India goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya was granted bail on health grounds on Monday after being arrested on Sunday night on the charge of slapping a traffic constable on duty. Bhattacharya played for Churchill Brothers last season and was the star in the 2009 final of the SAFF Cup that India won. He was part of the Asian Cup squad but was released from camp last December due to injury.
According to police, constable Nilkanta Bandopadhyay charged Bhattacharya with breaking traffic rules near Sodepur, a suburb on Kolkata's northern fringe. The police said the goalkeeper got into an argument slapped the constable who had to be admitted to the Barast District Hospital.
A case was filed against Bhattacharya for violating traffic rules and beating a policeman on duty. He was arrested and detained at the Khardah Police Station near Sodepur on Sunday. The Football Players' Association of India (FPAI) said this was an unfortunate incident but it would do whatever possible to help him, keeping in mind his future as a player.