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Complaint filed against Ex-Ranji team captain of Odisha for rash driving

The cricketer has captained the Odisha Ranji team between 2006 and 2009.

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A former Odisha Ranji team captain Haladhar Das was booked for alleged rash driving after his car hit several vehicles on the Ring Road in Cuttack. The cricketer has played in the Ranji Team for Odisha and was also a wicketkeeper.

Haladhar was detained by police for his reckless driving causing series of accidents in the city on Sunday. The ex-Ranji player was chased and intercepted by locals at Chahata road after he injured several people by hitting their vehicles between Mangalabag square and Chahata ghat. He was later handed over to Bidanasi police and was questioned.

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Victims lodged separate complaints against the cricketer

Bidanasi police IIC Pradipta Rout has mentioned that the cricketer was in inebriated condition and was driving at high speed. “At first he hit a bike near the stadium and sped away after locals tried to intercept him. He seems to be in an inebriated condition,” she said to Odisha.tv.

It has also been reported that the two accident victims have lodged separate complaints at Cantonment Police Station. “He hit our bike from behind near the stadium and we fell down. I have sustained injuries on leg whereas my brother has been admitted to hospital in a critical condition,” Srikant Jena, a victim said.

The police have registered the case against Das after the complaint was lodged. Police also said that the cricketer’s car was found damaged at both front and rear sides and the windshield was also smashed.

Haladhar Das represented Odisha in the Ranji championship between 2006 and 2009 and captaining the state team in 2008. The 30-year-old has played in 47 first class games and scored 1835 runs at an average of 27.80. He has also scored 10 fifties and couple of centuries. The cricketer has also featured in 28 List A games scoring 633 runs at an average of 28.77 with 88 being the highest score.

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