Delhi Police has nabbed two bookmakers red-handed operating during the IPL final on Sunday night. The arrested individuals have been identified as Sunil, a 44-year-old, from Rohtak, Haryana, and Parvez, a 38-year-old, from Shamli, Uttar Pradesh.
The police received a tip-off about the illegal activity. Based on the information, the police raided the rented flat in the Kishan Kunj area of East Delhi at around 9 p.m. on the match day, officials said.
Omvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, East District said:
“While Sunil was attending a phone call, Parvez was writing rates in a diary”
Police also recovered two diaries containing transactions of the bookies with their clients, a calculator, a brown briefcase, and a microphone from the flat, Singh added,
“The officials suspect the involvement of huge network and are trying to unravel more details related to the matter.”
The 10th season of the IPL saw several such incidents taking place keeping the police with the crackdowns. On the same night during the finals, police were also able to track the ship on another bookmaker group in Delhi from Rohini area of the national capital for allegedly betting in the final match.
The Delhi Police Crime Branch caught the nine bookies red-handed along with a book displaying betting rates, two betting boxes and 10 mobile phones from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to reports, the operatives were executing their plans using a phone and the internet.
Many bigger cases have been exposed before the finals. 15 bookies were caught from three different parts of the country. In one incident, five books were caught from the Bhilwara city of Rajasthan along with 43 mobiles.
Another incident saw the Chandausi police in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh getting hold of four bookies with 1.17 lakhs cash. The final bust involved six bookies caught possessing Rs 70,000, seven Android phones, a Maruti Swift car, a Passion Pro motorcycle from the Link road area of Ghaziabad.
The police, as well as the IPL Governing Council, face a tough time keeping the illegal betting environment away from threatening the dignity of the game. While the efforts to get rid of the menace have been continuous and relentless, bookies show notoriety and refuse to fall in line unless getting caught and punished.