Cricketer Jacob Martin absconding in human trafficking case

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, April 23: In a major shock to the Indian cricket community, former international player Jacob Martin has been alleged to be evading arrest in human traficking case. The Delhi police has announced a reward of Rs 25,000 to anybody who provides information about the whereabouts of Martin.

Martin has played 10 ODIs for the Indian cricket team. In 2003, he had taken a squad of 17 players to England and according to him all but one returned back.

The case against Martin was lodged at the Indira Gandhi International airport police station in Dec 2004. According to the police officials, a person named Nimesh Kumar who was found travelling on fake passport, during his interrogation had told them that the journey was arranged by Rajender Bhiku Bhai Patel, Jacob Martin and Janak Lal Bhogi Raj Pancholi for Rs.7 lakh.

Speaking about that, R A Sanjeev, Deputy Commissioner of Police, IGI Airport was quoted by IANS as saying, "Kumar said that Jacob Martin had prepared a bogus cricket team in the name of Ajwa Sports Club, Vadodara, Gujarat and he was a member (player) of the above team going to Britain."

The police has also informed that Kumar's family members have pointed fingers at Martin and Patel. Patel was arrested later but Martin remained at large.

Martin had applied for anticipatory bail in the Supreme Court on April 19, but his plea was rejected.

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