“Jealous Neighbours” threaten archer Pravin Jadhav’s family, warn them against renovating tin house

Superintendents of Police of Satara district, Ajay Kumar Bansal, has promised all assistance to the Jadhav family.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 3 August 2021 12:11 pm

Indian archer Pravin Jadhav, who returned to India after his maiden Olympics appearance, received anxious calls from his family members who were warned against renovating their tin house by "jealous neighbours." In an overall disappointing campaign, the 25-year-old archer was one of the bright spots as he finished ahead of his senior teammates Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai in the ranking round.

Consequently, he had earned a surprise call to partner world number one Deepika Kumari in place of her regular partner and husband Atanu Das in the mixed pair event. The duo made a last-eight exit from Tokyo 2020. However, all was not well back home in his village of Sarade, where his neighbours "were jealous of his new-found stardom and started giving threat calls," as claimed by Jadhav on his return from the Japanese capital.

In the past too, they had created problems and wanted a separate lane: Jadhav

"About five-six members of the family came in the morning and started threatening my parents, my cousin and aunt as we wanted to renovate tin house," Jadhav told news agency PTI.

Notably, the four members of the Jadhav family were living in a hut but after he was enrolled in the Army, they have built a concrete house with a tin roof.

"In the past too, they had created problems and wanted a separate lane which we had agreed to. But now they are crossing all the limits. How can they stop us from renovation?"

"They are just being jealous of us. The property belongs to us, we have been living there for generations. We have all the land records in place," he added.

On their return, the Indian contingent headed to Sonepat for an India camp for their next month's world championships. In fact, they will also be attending fresh trials beginning on Wednesday.

"My family is really disturbed and I'm also not able to be with them. I've informed this to the officials in the Army and they are looking into it," he said.

Meanwhile, Superintendents of Police of Satara district, Ajay Kumar Bansal, has promised all assistance to the Jadhav family but said that he is yet to receive a formal complaint.

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