Shattered,kin of arrested cricketer,bookie move out of Ahmedabad

The unfolding IPL scandal and related arrests have left at least two families in the city devastated.

Written by Ujjwala Nayudu | Ahmedabad | Published: May 18, 2013 3:05 am

The unfolding IPL scandal and related arrests have left at least two families in the city devastated. They are that of alleged bookie Manan Bhatt and cricketer Amit Singh.

The family of 31-year-old Manan left the city early Friday,a day after news broke that he had been arrested along with three players for spot-fixing in IPL matches.

Just before leaving the city,Manan’s mother Jyotiben Bhatt told The Indian Express her son had spoken to them last on May 14,when he called up to enquire about the health of his wife,who is in her eighth month of pregnancy.

“I can’t believe what my son has done. We never thought that little freedom could spoil his and our lives to this extent,” she said,fighting tears.

Manan’s father Upendra Bhatt used to work at a government department in Gandhinagar. “We receive decent pension,but Manan wanted lots of money. Once,I overheard him last month talking to someone about lakhs of rupees. When I asked him to explain,he confessed he was gambling and promised he would leave all this once he earned at least a crore of rupees. He told me he was going to receive over Rs 1 crore from a new deal in Mumbai,” Jyotiben said.

Manan’s neighbours said he had failed his SSC Board exam and had been doing temporary jobs since then.

During the raid by the Special Cell of Delhi Police,Manan was found in a room of Trident Hotel in Mumbai.

The family of Amit Singh,a Ranji Trophy player from Gujarat who has played for Rajasthan Royals in the past,is undergoing a similar ordeal after his arrest on Friday.

Amit’s bungalow in upscale Bopal area,has been locked ever since news of his arrest broke. His parents are said to have left for their native place in Karnataka.

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