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Former football coach takes revenge from students after seven years of being fired

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On the 20th of August 2020, that is, five months after mobile phones of the entire team of the Delhi United Football Club were stolen from their dressing room at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the Delhi Football League 2020, police arrested a former coach of the team for the theft.

DCP (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said that the former coach, Shekhar Pathak, allegedly committed the crime to “take revenge for his removal as a
coach at the stadium in 2013”.

The theft took place on the 13th of March 2020, when the team had a match as a part of the Delhi Football League 2020. Explaining the incident, the DCP said, “The Delhi United Football Club was allotted addressing room with cabins where they had kept

their phones, bags, and purses. After the match, they returned to find the dressing room ransacked. Apart from 12 phones, Rs 10,000 cash was also
gone. A case was registered at the Lodhi Colony police station.”

Investigations began that very time. The police scanned the CCTV surveillance of the football club. The stolen phones were tapped. “Recently, one of the phones was switched on and its location was immediately tracked. The person using the phone said that Pathak had sold it to him,” said DCP Thakur.

The former coach was a district level football player. He has also worked as a restaurant manager in five-star hotels like The Oberoi and The Ashoka.

“In 2011, he was hired by the stadium, where he worked till 2013, after which he was removed over complaints from another coach about his
punctuality and sincerity,” said DCP Thakur.

Apparently, after he was sacked, he opened his own football academy at Preet Vihar, but due to some reasons, they shut it down. Later he started his own mobile repair shop to earn for a living. “But he wanted to take revenge even after all these years,” said police personnel.