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Sonari firing incident accused surrenders, animosity due to cricket betting


Jamshedpur, March 16: The firing incident that took place at a Sonari apartment on Saturday was result of pending due of Rs 72,000 towards betting on the recently concluded T20 Asia Cup final held in Bangladesh.

The main accused in the firing incident Mohammed Jamshed surrendered before the senior superintendent of police, Anoop T Mathew at his residence late last night.

After the surrender of the main accused, a team of police officers, led by City SP Chandan Jha interrogated him and informed that dispute related to betting led to the firing targeting gun-shot victim Rahul Kumar.

Jha said at a press conference that the residential flat where the firing had taken place belonged to Mukul Sharma who is said to be the kingpin of the betting racket.

The City SP said that Jamshed, his brother Pervez, Halim Ahmed who is the uncle of the two, and Manish and some others were indulged in the betting during the Asia Cup final and after the match was over, a dispute had arisen between them over the betting money.

“We grilled Jamshed and he said that he was supposed to get Rs 72,000 from Anuranjan, one of the partners in the betting racket.

But as Anuranjan was refusing to pay the amount to him, he had to open fire after coming to the place of Sharma where the operators of the betting were expected to have gathered.

Jha said that they would arrest all the accused including Mukul Sharma, Halim, Pervez and Manish whose names have figured in the FIR.

Jamshed( 26) did not target anyone. He fired targeting the floor to intimidate Anuranjan and the pellets incidentally hit Rahul’s hand.

Jamshed was sent to judicial custody on being leveled charges under IPC Sections for attempted murder, misappropriation of money and cheating and under Section 27 Arms Act.

Notably, Mukul Sharma had set up the Pragati Apartment four years ago and on the top of the four-storied building is a penthouse where he would run the betting business.

Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer, Suraj Kumar who was also present at the news conference said that as there are chances of more such betting activities in the city as the T-20 World Cup 2016 is already on and IPL is scheduled to begin next month.

Sources in the police said that though the monetary dispute cropped up due to betting in Asia Cup cricket championship involved Rs 72,000 only, but actually the amount involved in the betting business was much more.

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