Close on the heels of the arrest of cricketers Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and some bookies on charges of spot-fixing during the ongoing IPL - 6 matches, the cricket lovers in city led by Lokesh Piya yesterday evening staged a protest in front of the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in front of city Law Courts complex.

Besides shouting slogans against the three cricketers, the protesters also burnt posters of Sreesanth and others to express their ire.

Speaking on the occasion, Lokesh Piya called for immediate stoppage of the tournament being controlled by the underworld mafia and said that thousands of cricket lovers in the city had been cheated to the extent of crores of rupees during the ongoing IPL matches which is watched keenly.

The protestors also demanded that these three players should be banned for life.

Umashankar, Nagesh Nayak, Manu, Kiran, Raghu, Prabhu, Chandru were among hundreds who took part in the protest.

Cricket bookies in Mysore too

Several citizens have complained that large scale bettings was taking place on IPL matches in the city too.

Raghavendra, a resident of Allanahalli who recently committed suicide after losing a bet on an IPL match, is one glaring example for the existence of illegal bookies in the city who operate from different locations on all days.

Citizens have also expressed grave concern over the fate of cricket lovers who indulge in bettings if the City Police does not swing into action and curb illegal betting.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore