A Bangladeshi man paid a lethal price for quick money and wrong companionship after a clash over betting on one of the IPL matches led to him getting killed, reports have revealed.
Santosh Kumar, a 33-year-old, died two days after the skirmish with a group of people that led to a fatal altercation in a district in northern Lalmonirhat. It has been learnt that Santosh Kumar lost his cool after being he was denied the prize money.
“He bet taka 50 (62 cents) with some of the friends over an IPL match on May 2. He won the bet but others refused to pay him the money, triggering an altercation,” local police inspector Mostafa Kamal told AFP. “During the quarrel, someone kicked him on the scrotum, leaving him injured. He died in Rangpur Medical College Hospital,” he said.
The police are currently investing the matter further and arrests are yet to take place. Betting is illegal in Bangladesh but is prevalent in major parts of the country. Such bets take place during almost every international and domestic tournament.
The Bangladeshis have a close relation with the IPL as their international superstars have managed to impress with their talent. The ongoing season features left arm spinner Shakib al Hasan (Kolkata Knight Riders) and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (Sunrisers Hyderabad).
With the increase in the T20 leagues around the world and the highly successful Bangladesh Premier League, the people engaging in such habits have only increased in numbers. The officials try to maintain vigilance every time big T20 leagues like IPL is staged. During the 2016 season, the Bangladesh telecom regulators shunned 12 betting portals in an attempt to control the illegal activity. But in subcontinent countries such as Bangladesh, where cricket followers are in huge numbers, it becomes a herculean task to keep things under control.
Betting activities are a huge problem in India as well. There have been at least four major busts conducted by police and the anti-corruption officials in the last month in various parts of the country.
In one of the biggest breakdown, the City Task Force (CTF) team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) I. Chittibabu cracked an online cricket betting racket at a posh gated community in PM Palam area. 4 persons of a five-member organised betting gang were arrested in the raid. Other incidents, which involves the sale of fake tickets and black marketing, is also prevalent in most parts.