Former Mumbai cricketer Robin Morris arrested on kidnapping charges

Morris played 42 first-class matches and 51 List A games for Mumbai.

 Morris played for Mumbai from 1995 to 2007 | ESPN

Former Indian first-class cricketer Robin Morris has been arrested along with four other accused for allegedly kidnapping a 43-year-old loan agent from a restaurant near Kurla station last week.

Apart from Morris, who was accused of match-fixing by an international news channel last year, Gravin D’souza, Ahmed Ali Ansari, Alex Miranda, and Rupesh Bhimani were other four accused who have been arrested by the Kurla police from Versova on November 30.

After allegedly kidnapping a loan agent Shyam Talreja, they kept him confined at Morris’ home in Versova and beat him up, as the agent failed to return the money given (Rs 7 lakh) for getting the cricketer’s loan sanctioned as commission amount.

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An officer from Kurla police station told The Indian Express, “Morris wanted a loan of Rs 3 crore a few years ago. He got in touch with the complainant (loan agent) through a mutual friend.”

Meanwhile, a senior police inspector Dattatrey Shinde said, “The complainant took the commission but failed to provide Rs 3 crore loan sanction to Morris. Morris had been asking him to return the commission since more than a year.”

It is being said that the loan agent managed to return Rs 5.5 lakh to Morris, but he was delaying in returning the remaining amount, thus, they decided to call his family members and demanded the remaining Rs 1.5 lakh, though they approached the police to deal the matter.

A police officer said, “He was delaying in returning the rest. Eventually Morris along with his four accomplices decided to call him to a restaurant in Kurla and forcefully took him to Versova.  They asked his family to get the amount to Versova. The family instead approached us and we registered a case. Simultaneously we dispatched a team to Morris’ residence and got hold of them.”

Noteworthy, the accused have been booked under the sections of kidnapping, criminal intimidation, wrongful confinement and voluntarily causing hurt for the purpose of extorting.

(With The Indian Express Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 05 Dec, 2019

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