Broke bookies threaten cricketers for money
Ahmedabad: The cricket matches that were recently organised in Rajkot have come under the scanner for match fixing as many cricketers who took part in the sporting event filed complaints after being threatened by bookies, including the likes of Anil Navkar, Jitu Tharad, Naresh Gandhidham and Chandresh Patel, who went broke betting on the game.
During the Rajkot Premier League, bets to the tune of Rs300 crore were placed. Sources said many cricketers were in touch with bookies during the initial phase of the tournament.
However, in the last game of the event, many of these cricketers did not carry out the plans of the bookies. Due to this setback, sources allege that many bookies lost 'investments' to the tune of cror
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Among other threats, the bookies warned the cricketers through phone calls that they would be killed if they did not return the money.
Drawing a line after being harassed incessantly, three-four of these cricketers approached the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to register a complaint. However, ED officers stated that they could not register a complaint and asked them to approach the crime branch. JK Bhatt, JCP, crime branch, did not respond to calls from DNA.
bookies seek `25L
A case was registered by Sardarnagar police on Wednesday after a local youth was threatened by bookies. According to the complaint, Manoj Lalwani’s son Rahul was involved in cricket betting with some bookies, where he lost bets to the tune of Rs10-11 lakh.
Meanwhile, these bookies started calling Rahul and threatened to kill him and his family if he did not pay Rs25 lakh immediately. Sardarnagar PI JR Jhala said, “We have registered a complaint and are conducting our investigation.”
However, Lalwani has made allegations against the police as well, stating that they have not mentioned the betting angle in the FIR.
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