Worried about rising Covid-19 cases, man threatens to self-immolate if India-England T20 series is not called off

Concerned about the rise in coronavirus infections in India, a man threatened to self-immolate if the ongoing T20 cricket series between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera, Gujarat state was not called off.

Following the threatening phone call to a senior police inspector, a police complaint was lodged against the caller Pankaj Patel.

Mr Patel is in charge of the security details of the on-going tournament.

The call recording of the duo went viral over the weekend on social media.

In the call recording Mr Patel asked the police inspector if Covid-19 guidelines were being followed since the matches would be attended by a strong crowd of approximately 75,000 spectators amid the rising infection rate.

Further, into the conversation, he demanded that the ongoing matches be cancelled, or else he would self-immolate himself, the Indian Express reported.

In the conversation the man also abused the state chief minister and his deputy for failing to curb the new surge of covid cases in the state.

Soon after receiving the phone call the senior police called up the Gandhinagar police control room to share the details of the caller. The man was booked for promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes, for criminal intimidation through anonymous communication and for intentional insult.