IPL chairman Lalit Modi is also on the hit-list of underworld don Chhota Shakeel, interrogation of his arrested hit-man Rashid Malabari has revealed. The cricket czar, currently away in South Africa, has been warned of the threat.
The Chhota Shakeel plot to create panic during elections was busted by the arrest of Malabari in Karnataka after which he revealed that his likely targets included Varun Gandhi, BJP’s nominee from Pilibhit, who was arrested for delivering an anti-Muslim hate speech, and Pramod Muthalik of Shri Ram Sene.
Players not under threat
Modi is on the hit-list of underworld don Chhota Shakeel but security sources said there was no enhanced threat perception to the Indian teams playing in the IPL which has been moved to South Africa. It is being probed whether Modi was in Shakeel’s cross-hairs because he failed to respond to a demand for payment. Investigators hope to speak to Modi as soon as he is available in India.
Though Modi is not in India, sources said D-company and other Middle-East based gangs had contacts in South Africa which had also been part of a betting ring. The ability of the underworld to deliver a strike in South Africa cannot be ruled out and the IPL chairperson was expected to take precautions.