IPL 2017: Gang Of Four Nabbed By Mumbai Police For Betting On Mumbai Indians- Kolkata Knight Riders Game
A four men gang of bookies have brought legal trouble onto themselves after a team of cops from the Bharati Vidyapeeth Police Station caught them red-handed as they were involved in an illegal betting activity in a farmhouse near Mumbai-Bangalore highway.
The arrested four bookies were betting on Sunday’s match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The men have been recognised as Rajesh Kantibhai Kakkad from Gujarat, Sanjay Natwarlal Shah, a resident of Padmawati, Vijay Mohan Taware from Nana Peth and Dattatraya Chandrakant Jagtap, a resident of Dhankawadi.
The gang was busted after an accurate tip led the police to the location where the gang was operating in Jambhulwadi. Police have seized a television, a few mobile phone and cash from the bookies.
Sub-inspector Uttam Budgude told Mumbai Mirror:
“We got a tip-off that a gang of bookies were betting on an IPL match near Jambhulwadi. Based on the information, we raided the farmhouse and caught these four accused red-handed while they were contacting various people on the phone and betting.”
Such kind of activities becomes quite prevalent in almost all metros as soon as the Indian Premier League season commences. The Police face some really torrid time coping with the corruption involved in the game. The four nabbed individuals have also been believed to have started the activity right from the IPL opener on April 5.
Speaking on their modus operandi,
“Kakkad hails from Gujarat and came to Pune through Shah, who is also a bookie. Jagtap joined them through Taware, who owns the farm … The money was being transferred to various bank accounts. These bookies were supposed to get 20 percent of the amount collected. After the betting, they had plans to meet other people at an unknown destination where they were going to collect money from those people.”
This isn’t the first incident which has been recorded. Sine the start of the IPL, this is the second expose that has occurred. The case involved Indore police who took three people into custody for possession of fake tickets and hoarding. The Holkar Stadium in Indore is the home stadium of the Kings XI Punjab this season. Seeing this as the opportunity, a handful of notorious criminals have started to take advantage of people’s desperation to watch live matches.
The black marketeers buy the ticket in bulk through online booking systems using multiple accounts and later sell it to the spectators at inflated prices. While this seems like a brainy technique, a few people go a step ahead and print their own counterfeits to release in the market on match days.
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