Jamshedpur youth shot dead over cricket betting dispute

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Cricket betting keeps Jamshedpur cops on their toes

Jamshedpur, Jan 15: In an early morning incident, a youth in his early twenties was shot dead by two bike-borne criminal on Wednesday morning. The incident took place near Sai Mandir Gym in Dimna Road under Ulidih Police Station. The victim has been identified as Suman Rakshit.

Police personnel said that they are investigating the incident. However, as per initial probe two unknown bike-borne criminals opened fire at the deceased from close range. The victim was coming out of a gym when the youths opened fire on him. The locals rushed him to Tata Main Hospital( TMH) where he was declared brought dead.

According to locals, as Suman was returning home from gym he was shot. People near the incident site tried to chase the criminals but they escaped flashing their gun.

Police in its initial investigation have learnt that Suman Rachit murder was result of illegal cricket betting.

“It is too early to comment over the reason behind the attack. However, in our initial investigation we have learnt that the reason of murder was outcome of illegal betting during recent India-Australia match. Even the parents of the deceased have alleged that there was some dispute over a bet between match played between India and Australia,” said the official.

“Yes a racket is involved in it as it helps to make easy money for both who operate and the other puts money on betting. Apart from betting on a win, hundreds are likely to place their money on who wins the toss, fall of wickets, number of boundaries, runs of individual players. There are already a few enquiries about betting on scores and who will bowl the first over,” said a source.

The cricket betting net has raised its ugly head in the city and has posed a big challenge for police to crack down on the racket. Electronic and physical survelliance systems have been beefed up and existing links with various intelligence agencies have been put on alert.

“We have increased our vigilance. Those with history of involvement in such rackets have been identified. Policemen will keep a close tab activities and movements of these during matches,” said another official.

He went on to inform that markets that have a lot of bars,hotels, and restaurants, are under close scrutiny.

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