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Cheating in the name of cricketers, accused jailed

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The court sentenced an accused named Ashraful Omar Ujjal to two years rigorous imprisonment, a fine of Tk 5,000, and in default of payment, another one month imprisonment for cheating by using the names of Bangladesh national team cricketers. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim’s court gave this verdict on Sunday.

Ujjal is the son of Hafiz Ahmed of Momin Bagh Crossroads in Konapara, capital of Demerara. He introduced himself as a Bangladesh Cricket Board player and former captain of the U-19 team.

The accused is absconding. The court has issued an arrest warrant against him. The bench assistant of the concerned court Sirajul Islam confirmed the verdict.

On September 3, 2020, a businessman named Mehdi Imam filed this case in Bhatara police station as the plaintiff.

According to the complaint, accused Ujjal and 2-3 unidentified people came to the showroom of Japan Motors Limited to buy a car. Ujjal introduced himself as a Bangladesh Cricket Board player and former Under-19 team captain. Former Bangladesh national team cricketer Mehrab Hossain Api’s younger brother, former cricketer Mohammad Ashraful’s younger brother and Mushfiqur Rahim’s friend and current cricketer presents himself as having relations with many. Later on his Facebook profile showed himself as an established player by showing pictures of him with 34 other cricketers and senior police officers.

It is also known from the complaint that Mehdi will bring senior cricketers including former Bangladesh national team cricketer Mohammad Ashraful to Japan Motor Limited and upload their videos on YouTube to sell cars in the showroom. He then asked for a loan of 50,000 rupees from Mehdi and said that he would pay all the money for the purchase of the car. In this way, he borrowed 50 thousand and 1 lakh taka from Mehdi in two installments.

After investigating the case, DB Police Inspector Muhammad Saiful Islam filed the charge sheet in the court on July 6, 2021. On February 28 of this year, the court ordered the trial to begin by charging the accused. During the trial of the case, the court accepted the testimony of 5 out of 9 witnesses.


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