Days before their big encounter against Mohun Bagan, Prayag United and India number one was arrested in Kolkata and was then released after the Sports Minister's intervention...
According to the police, Paul and his wife had got into a scuffle with devotees and the private security employed by the temple authorities which led to the police being called and the authorities lodging a formal complaint, as reported in the media.
The situation was further complicated by the presence of Debashish Mukherjee, Paul's father-in-law and also a former India goalkeeper, who allegedly clashed with the security in the temple, with the police claiming him to be drunk.
Paul clearly denied these allegations and said that Mukherjee was not drunk and the security had manhandled him, which led him to protest.
The situation was somewhat controlled after the trio were released on bail from Belgachia Police station, with West Bengal Sports Minister, Madan Mitra ensuring that the India goalkeeper was let off.
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