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Vidarbha cricketer fights burglar, gets praised by police for bravery


Vidarbha wicketkeeper batswoman Saloni Allot is a fighter in true sense. She is a qualified chemical engineer, a biker, a guitarist and a brave-hearted cricketer who made a stunning 37 dismissals in 26 matches in 2018-19 season.

On Sunday, Saloni showed her fighting instinct again when she was home for a study leave. She spotted a suspected burglar outside her residence in Nagpur at the Swami Colony Phase I. For around 10 minutes Saloni fought with the burglar alone until people from the neighbourhood came to her help.

Her family had just arrived late in the night around 1.30 AM and Saloni was parking the car when she saw a fleeing burglar who caught her attention. She pounced upon him and they both fell into the construction debris nearby. In between the scuffle, Saloni was able to grasp the burglaer with her legs crisscrossed over him. Saloni’s hand got bruised because of the debris and tarred road.

The burglar was later identified as Dhanraj Pancheswar and was handed to Gittikhadan police by the crowd in the locality.

Senior Police Inspector Sunil Gangurde came later to inspect the spot and he also appreciated Saloni’s bravery and efforts.

Saloni was not at all prepared for the fight as the event was unexpected. She did not know what was going on inside her house until her mother Anju Sahara shouted for her father Vinay, on seeing a stranger trying to hide among the flower pots. Saloni caught hold of the burglar with a tight grip and called for help until help arrived.

The burglar was from Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh and further investigation is going on regarding his past records in the city.


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