Young betting addicts of Nagpur
Young betting addicts of Nagpur: In the wake of making their present perfect, certain Nagpur youngsters are making their future tense.
Aditya Khurana (name changed) is a 24-year-old boy, who has no inclination towards education or his huge family business. However, this young lad, who hails from a well-known business family of Nagpur, is habituated to something, which has not only destroyed his family name, but has also put his life in danger many a time. Aditya likes betting on cricket matches, in spite of the severe problematic situations this act of gambling has put him into. Shockingly, Aditya is not alone on this path of self-destruction! There are several youngsters like him in the city, who are heavily involved into regular betting. So much so, that betting has become an addiction and a way of life for them!
Nation Next spoke to a few young betting addicts of Nagpur, who narrated the horrifying tales of their betting addiction. We’ve changed the names of the betting addicts mentioned in this story as all of them spoke to us on the condition of anonymity.
I win, I play! I lose, I play!
A person who’s not involved into betting may think that people bet just to make money. Well, there’s more to it. Shockingly, most of these betting addicts come from affluent families, and they get hefty pocket monies from their parents. They bet not only to make money, but also because of the high they get out of the process of betting. ?When I win, I bet more out of the excitement to win further. When I lose, I bet even more to recover the lost amount. Either ways, the excitement continues, says Deepak Arora (name changed), a 25-year-old student, whose father is a senior government officer in Nagpur. Rahul Narang (name changed), another 25-year-old, who comes from a prominent business family of the city, won Rs 10 lakhs by fluke, when he bet for the first time, some five years back. Since then, betting has become his primary occupation.
Full-time into betting
Contrary to the popular perception, betting in Nagpur is not just confined to cricket. Twenty six years old Prem Mishra (name changed), who’s into fulltime betting, started with betting on cricket, but later he also started betting on other sports like football and lawn tennis. In fact, Prem has drawn himself so deep into the betting addiction that he flies to Goa, especially to gamble at casinos there, when there are no major sport events taking place. He needs his regular dose of gambling, come what may.
For 30-year-old cloth merchant Gaurav Khanna (name changed), his business became secondary when he got hooked on betting. To satiate his betting urge, Gaurav has almost quit his flourishing business, which is now being taken care of by his father.
Losses galore; low on life
While Aditya has lost around eight crore rupees in betting in the last five years, Gaurav’s debts have big time eaten into his business. Apart from incurring heavy monetary losses, these addicts have lost their career prospects, mental peace and a lot more in life because of betting. Despite being a bright student, Rahul hasn’t been able to even finish his graduation till date because of his round-the-clock involvement in betting. After Aditya was caught stealing jewellery (for betting) from his parents’ closet, he lost the trust of his family.
Betting has caused most of these youngsters to lead a life full of fear and insecurity. Unlike his peers, Aditya doesn’t have any social media account as hes extra cautious about not letting his whereabouts known to his creditors. He doesn’t allow his friends to click selfies with him because hes scared of his pictures being put in public domain. Gaurav too has isolated himself from his friends to avoid his creditors. In what can be called a narrow escape from death, Aditya was even badly bashed up by the goons of a bookie, to whom he owed money.
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The biggest worry is that this betting addiction is being infectiously spread to the younger siblings and friends of these addicts. Happy Singh (name changed), a 22-year-old boy started betting in his teenage due to peer pressure and slowly got addicted to it. Unfortunately, following his footsteps, Happy’s teenaged siblings have also got into the bad world of betting!
Don’t be on the wrong side of the law, warns Police
When we spoke to DCP Crime Branch, Nagpur, Nilesh Bharne, he said, To eradicate betting malaise from the city, Nagpur Police are coming down heavily on the bookies. We are quite vigilant and are acting swiftly on the tip-offs. We’ve activated helpline numbers across Nagpur so that people can inform us immediately about any betting going on. We even plan to circulate the helpline number through press notes. We won’t spare anyone found indulging in illegal betting activities. I assure you, we’ll track the betting addicts within 10 minutes of getting informed.”
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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur
Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.
Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane.
Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”
Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”
Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year.
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Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad
Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad…
Chairman of Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting the Congress party. Azad, on Saturday, remarked, “I had never thought that after leaving Congress, the people of Jammu and Kashmir would receive me with this kind of warmth and love.”
Azad said that after quitting the grand old party, more and more people were joining his new party; they have faith in him. He said, “It gives me more responsibilities and challenges to meet the expectations of people. People feel dejected and disappointed with the present governing system.”
Addressed a public meeting at Banihal- the place close to my heart. People especially youth seem desperate for change. My promise to you all, I will elevate Banihal as the centre of economic activities where you will not only have enough jobs but the development will speed up 1/2 pic.twitter.com/VG1fMywu4b
— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) March 21, 2023
Azad said he aimed to build a better and progressive Jammu Kashmir where the future of youth is secure. He said if his party came to power, he would bring the massive developmental revolution across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad also asserted that his politics was based on inclusiveness, development and peace. Speaking at the public meeting in Eidgah at Srinagar, Azad, said that unlike other parties who try to divide people for political benefit, he aimed to develop Jammu and Kashmir inclusively where each person irrespective of religion, caste and creed felt politically and socially empowered.
Addressed a gathering of workers at Anantnag today where DDC Chairman Anantnag Mohd Yousuf Gorsi sahib, DDC Member Adv Saleem Parray sahib, joined our party fold. I assure you all, will never let you down & will lead from the front to ensure your rights & future is safe & secure! pic.twitter.com/sqWo4nY6JA
— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) March 20, 2023
Azad concluded, “Be it statehood, land or jobs, I will lead my people from the front to secure their rights. My people are my priority. I have come back to Jammu Kashmir only for my people otherwise, I had all the opportunities I could desire ever in my life.”
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BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller
In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.
Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January.
On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.
The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.
The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence.
It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka.
In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner.
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