Thieves hold Mohammad Sami at gunpoint

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Sami was robbed of nearly Pakistan Rs 1.5 million (approximately Indian Rs 10 lakh) in a dacoity, police officials said.

"Mohammad Sami's elder brother has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in which they have reported that four masked dacoits broke locks (of their house) early Saturday morning and robbed them. The exact amount has not been mentioned in the FIR," a senior police officer said.

However, when Mohammad Sami was contacted, he said: "We estimate that the robbers took away nearly Rs 1.5 million worth of prize bonds, defence saving certificates, American dollars and jewellery."

Sami is the second Pakistan cricket team member to have been robbed in less than a week. Earlier this week, team physiotherapist Eric Johnson was robbed of nearly Pakistan Rs 1 million in a daylight robbery during which his family was held hostage.

"The dacoits entered our house at 4 O'clock in the morning and locked all seven of my family members in one room at gunpoint. They tied our hands behind and threatened to kill us if we made any noise. They stayed in the house for nearly an hour and fled with all the valuables," Sami, who has been ruled out of West Indies tour with a heel surgery, said.

"Although the dacoits didn't misbehave with us but naturally we are shell-shocked. I am definitely worried about the condition of my mother who is in a state of shock," Sami said, adding it was the first time he had been robbed.

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