A 12-year-old boy ran away from his home in Dhanbad district’s Chirkunda after he lost Rs 5,000 in Indian Premier League (IPL) betting, police said on Friday.
Preetam Singh left his home in Panchmahli village for tuition on Tuesday morning but didn’t return till evening.
His family found a letter that stated that he was leaving home as some of his friends pressured him to give money after he lost betting during IPL matches. In the letter, the boy expressed his willingness that he wanted to be a good cricketer.
A case of missing person was registered on the basis of a complaint by his father Suresh Singh, said Philips Minz, the officer in-charge of Kumardubhi police station. Minz said they were quizzing the boy’s friends.
The boy had spent maximum of the time in playing cricket match or watching IPL matches, family members said.
Suresh Singh said his son was crazy about cricket matches but he never expected such an incident.
“Since the day IPL started, my son along with other children of the locality used to talk about the matches but I didn’t know they were engaged in betting,” said Singh who was in shock after the incident.
The incident came to light a day after a 39-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh was found hanging near Parliament for allegedly losing Rs 13 crore in betting on the T20 World Cup and IPL matches.