Indian Cricket Fan Receives ‘Threat Call’ From Pakistan

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Agra: An Indian cricket team fan, who announced to iron clothes for free if India win Champions Trophy, allegedly received a threat call from a Pakistan-based caller.

Azaad Diwakar, who earns his livelihood by ironing clothes in Agra, had earlier also given free laundry service for 15 days to the local residents when India won the cricket World Cup in 2011.

During the recent India-Pakistan match at Edgbaston when arch rivals Pakistan were thrashed by men in blue with a margin of 124 runs, the laundry man gave a day of free service to local residents.

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A resident of Pratapnagar Chouraha under Jagdispura police jurisdiction, Azaad said, “On Wednesday late night, while I was having dinner with my family, I received a threat call from an unknown number. The caller identified himself as a Pakistan national, but did not reveal his name.

He said, “I had announced to iron clothes for free for five days if India win Champions Trophy and even put a poster. Seeing my enthusiasm for the Indian team, local residents snapped pictures of my poster and me and circulated it on WhatsApp groups. Later, in the evening, a caller threatened me for dire consequences and asked me to withdraw the announcement.”

“He first asked my name, then religion and later during conversation told me not to be over-enthusiast for the Indian team else I will face problems,” he added.

After the incident, on Thursday morning Azaad informed the local police about the call and gave a written complaint to Jagdispura police station.

According to Rajesghwar Tyagi, station officer of Jagdispura, “We have received the complaint and have asked surveillance cell to trace the caller, as the call was made from voice over internet protocol.”