Concerned with the rising cases of coronavirus, a Gujarat man from Gandhinagar called up a police inspector and threatened to self-immolate if the ongoing T20 series between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera was not called off.
Following the threatening call, an FIR has been lodged at the Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad and the caller has been identified as Pankaj Patel who issued the threat to senior police inspector KV Patel on March 12. Patel is in charge of the security details of the on-going tournament.
The call recording of the duo went viral on Saturday making rounds on social media. The recording revealed the conversation where Pankaj asked the police inspector whether the covid guidelines were being followed. He also mentioned that the match is being attended by approximately 75,000 spectators and amid rising cases, this could pose a major health risk.
Further, into the conversation, he demanded that the ongoing matches be cancelled, or else he would self-immolate himself, reports Indian Express.
Pankaj reportedly used cuss words for Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel for failing to cub the new surge of covid wave in the State.
The police inspector said that immediately after learning the identity of the man, he called up the Gandhinagar police control room to share the details of the caller and his contact number.
The police have reportedly booked the accused caller under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 505 (2) for promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes, IPC Section 507 for criminal intimidation through anonymous communication, and IPC Section 504 for intentional insult.
The Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the 3rd Test between India and England. Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, inaugurated the new stadium, which is set to be the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 1,10,000.
The stadium was constructed in 1982 and initially had a seating capacity of 49,000. Spread across 63 acres, the stadium further has an indoor cricket academy including a dormitory for 40 athletes. It also boasts of dressing rooms big enough to accommodate four teams which also have a state-of-the-art gymnasium and six indoors practice pitches with three outdoor practice fields, among other amenities.
With its massive seating capacity, the Narendra Modi Stadium is now the world’s largest cricket stadium and second-largest sports ground in the world. With its extensive reconstruction and renovation, the venue currently seats more than Melbourne Cricket Ground, in Australia and the iconic Eden Gardens, which has the third-highest spectator capacity of 66,349.
Meanwhile, Gujarat has reported total of 810 Covid-19 cases on Sunday taking its tally to 2,78,207.