Skip to main content

Shockwave among the turfists this Saturday, October 1st. There was an attempt to sabotage the twenty-fourth day of racing organized by the Mauritius Turf Club (MTC). Over a distance of about 400 meters from the SSS GMD Atchia to the Taher Bagh hall pieces of metal, consisting of nails, screws attached with wires were found on the race track. In the wake of this case, the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Metropolitan Police of the southern division has arrested a suspect. The suspect, a resident of Tranquebar, denies involvement. If he was at the Champ de Mars at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 1, it was to pick flowers, he told investigators. The Champ-de-Mars is expected to be placed under heavy surveillance on the evening of October 1 in conjunction with the Maiden Cup on Sunday, October 2.

It was around 7:10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1 that a track employee at the MTC made the discovery. Immediately, the management was informed and had to call the police. All the employees were mobilized, it was then that it was noticed that this track of almost 500 meters was strewn with “thorns”, a way to sabotage the good progress of the day of races of this Saturday.

Police officers from the Pope Hennessy police station and those of the CID went to the scene. Images from the surveillance cameras were viewed. An individual wearing a felt hat with a plume was seen. The assistance of the men of the Field Intelligence Office was requested to find this individual. This is how a resident of Tranquebar was arrested shortly after. This man even if he concedes to have been at the Champ de Mars around 2:30 am on Saturday, October 1, he told the police that he was there to pick flowers. His interrogation continues.

Meanwhile, the CEO of People Turf PLC Ltd, Khulwant Kumar Ubheeram, went to Pope Hennessy police station accompanied by his lawman, to make an entry. This one is about posts on social networks trying to keep the People Turf PLC Ltd from this situation.

Men from Special Mobile Force were called in to comb this entire race track with metal detectors. This exercise will be conducted again on Sunday morning, October 2, for the 25th day of racing hosted by the MTC which will feature the Maiden Cup.