Mumbai, 20th March 2023: An incident has come to light that two accused cheated a Mumbai kabaddi player of Rs 1.70 lakh by luring him to be selected in the Vidarbha team. A case of fraud was registered at Kotwali Police Station. Jitendra Singh Pran Singh Thakur and Bhupedrasing Pran Singh Thakur, both of Pannalal Baghi, are the names of those who have been registered. Also, Swagat Ananda Shinde (25), a resident of Mumbai, is the name of the complainant player.
Swagat Shinde was practising kabaddi in Mumbai in January 2021. At that time, his coach introduced Jitendra alias Jitu Thakur as the secretary of the Vidarbha Kabaddi Association. Jitu Thakur admired Swagat Shinde’s game and enticed him to select him for the Vidarbha level kabaddi team. Swagat has mentioned in the complaint that he paid 1 lakh 70 thousand rupees for that.
The accused gained confidence in Swagat Shinde. “Your kabaddi playing skills are good. Even if you are not from Vidarbha, I will select you for the Vidarbha Kabaddi team. But for that, you have to pay two lakh rupees, and you will get a chance to play in the national competition as well,” the accused said. After that, Swagat told the accused that his father was not ready to pay two lakh rupees; he could pay 1.5 lakh rupees. The accused asked to send one and a half lakh rupees to the bank account.
On 17th March 2021, Swagat’s father transferred the amount to the accused’s bank account. But, after a few days, the accused stated that the selection committee for the national competition was not ready to make the selection. Hence, Swagat’s father sent Rs 20,000 more. A few days later, the accused sent Swagat to play in a national kabaddi tournament held in Ayodhya. He found that his name was not registered there. Realizing that he had been cheated, Swagat demanded the money back from the accused. But, he refused to give it. Finally, Swagat filed a complaint.