Hideouts of accused in fake Lankan league scam raided

Hideouts of accused in fake Lankan league scam raided

Written by Jagdeep Singh Deep
, Nitin Sharma
| Mohali |

Up to date: July 4, 2020 12:54:30 am

A view of the SCA (Strokers Cricket Affiliation) cricket floor in Sawara the place the matches had been performed on June 29. (Specific picture by Jasbir Malhi)

A day after The reported about matches of Uva T20 League, purportedly being performed in Sri Lanka, however truly held in Sawara village in Mohali district, the native police carried out raids on the hideouts of the 2 accused arrested on Thursday evening. The Mohali Police had booked eight individuals after a criticism was filed on Thursday night and the 2 accused have been remanded to police custody until July 6.

The Uva Cricket Affiliation in Sri Lanka had denied that they had been organising any such match, that was proven dwell on YouTube. Distinguished gamers like former Sri Lanka all-rounder Farvez Maharoof additionally mentioned he was not concerned. In truth, the matches solely featured unknown gamers from Punjab.

“The eight individuals concerned on this case have been recognized as Jolly Sardar, Pankaj, Goldy, Varun Kumar, Suveen, Raju Kalia, Jatinder Kumar Battu and Sahil Khurana of which Raju and Pankaj had been arrested on Thursday evening and the remaining individuals are absconding. We’re conducting raids on the hideouts of the accused,” Inspector Sukhbir Singh, Station Home Officer, Kharar (Sadar), instructed The .

The Mohali Police can be verifying about any past criminal cases registered in opposition to them. “The accused are bookies. We had been verifying whether or not any legal instances had been registered in opposition to them,” a police officer investigating the case mentioned.

In the meantime, a police group comprising two officers from Majaat police station, the place the criticism was filed, visited the SCA floor at Sawara village on Friday afternoon. The group was accompanied by two officers from the cyber safety wing and picked up the cell information dump to determine the gamers concerned within the matches performed on June 29. “The match was held on the floor, we collected the dump to determine those that had been concerned,” the officer added.

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Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal mentioned they’ve recognized more folks allegedly concerned in organising the league. “Each Rajesh and Pankaj are bookies. We will make more arrests in a day or two,” he added.

Two groundsmen, who additionally work on neighbouring fields, resumed their grass reducing on the floor and the nets moments after the police officers left. “I don’t learn about any matches occurring on the floor. I got here to the bottom on Tuesday and lower the grass and have been doing the identical for the final three days. Earlier, there was 2-Three trainees from close by villages who got here for coaching however they too haven’t come for a very long time,” mentioned one among them.

Massive names like Farvez Maharoof, the previous Sri Lanka allrounder, denied they had been concerned, as had been claimed within the record of squads printed on some on-line cricket websites.

Whereas the principle entrance to the village sees a whole lot of automobiles stopping to purchase native backyard mangoes, a couple of furnishings and candy outlets are additionally open these days.

One of many store homeowners, who noticed 4-5 automobiles carrying gamers in colored clothes, mentioned it was a bit uncommon to see the push of automobiles on Monday. “IPL varge kapde paye si gamers ne te 3-Four automobiles ayi si. (The gamers had been carrying clothes like within the IPL and got here in 3-Four automobiles). Normally, some company or native membership matches happen on the floor and village children go to look at them. However as a consequence of Covid restrictions and the style by which the matches had been held on Monday, no person went to look at. The village panchayat ought to take motion in opposition to the academy and land homeowners for violating Covid-19 pointers,” the store proprietor mentioned.

The additionally visited a number of the different cricket academies in close by villages close to the Strokers Cricket Affiliation floor and one of many coaches confirmed that he had additionally acquired a name from an unknown quantity concerning reserving the bottom for the final week of June and first week of July, supposedly the dates on which the UVA T20 league was to be held.

“I had acquired a name from an unknown quantity asking me to provide our floor for hire for greater than 10 days for a match to be performed in June finish and July first week. It may be the identical organisers, who carried out the matches at Sawara village,” the coach mentioned.

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