JSCA president Amitabh Choudhary on his way out of Saturday’s meeting in Hazaribagh on Saturday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Hazaribagh, Jan. 4: A Hazaribagh hotel, where the special general body meeting of Jharkhand State Cricket Association was being held, turned into a scene of chaos today when a group of around 20 youths barged in and went on the rampage while shouting slogans against the JSCA president Amitabh Choudhary till two of them were caught and badly thrashed.
Choudhary, who attended the meeting, left immediately after the ransacking started.
According to sources, the meeting, which started around noon at Sunrise Inn in Jullu Park locality close to NH-33, lasted barely seven minutes with the special general body approving suspension of five members — Jeetu Patel, Sunil Singh, Bhanu Pratap, Sachin Kumar and V.K. Dubey.
Thereafter, the members, around 250 in number, moved to the open grounds where lunch had been laid out. As they started eating, suddenly several youths rushed in, breaching security (10 policemen were present) and went on the rampage.
Accusing Choudhary of ruining cricket in Jharkhand, they raised slogans like, “Cricket ke khalnayak ko barkhast karo” and “Amitabh Choudhary hai hai”. They also tossed food and furniture, besides burning his effigy till the members intervened.
The group started fleeing, but the members caught two of them and beat them up black and blue.
Later, officer-in-charge of sadar police station Ram Dayal Munda reached the hotel and took the two in custody. “We are interrogating them and trying to find out why they resorted to violence,” Munda said.
Sources claimed the duo admitted to creating nuisance on the instruction of a few “high-profile persons” and were even paid for it.
“Many members were angry with the way today’s meeting was called,” one of the sources added.
Sunil Kumar Singh, among those who were suspended, accused Choudhary of treating the JSCA as his personal organisation. “Apart from perpetrating financial irregularities, Choudhary and his men are getting players from other states to play in the Jharkhand team,” he claimed.
Choudhary, when asked about the allegations while he was leaving, refused to comment.