Few days after Kanpur Police arrested three bookies, Delhi Police, on Wednesday (May 17), have now arrested four people for their alleged involvement in an IPL betting racket.
The four suspects, who have been nabbed from south Delhi’s Neb Sarai area, have been identified as Subhash, Sachin, Gurpreet and Charanjeet. All of them were caught red-handed while they were placing bets during the first qualifier between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday (May 16).
As per reports in Hindustan Times, the cops got the information about the betting racket around 9 in the morning while they were patrolling the area, following which they conducted a raid and arrested the suspects.
“We received an input regarding betting during the IPL cricket match between Mumbai and Pune, following which we planned a raid and four persons were arrested from a house in Krishna Park,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by the news outlet.
“We have also seized 15 mobile phones, one laptop, one TV and some furniture from the men. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against the men,” he added.
Police are also convinced that the four men are a part of a bigger betting racket and are interrogating the arrested men to get to the root.
“We suspect that they are a part of a bigger racket. So, we are questioning the men in this regard. We are certain that more such men must be operating in groups in other parts of the city,” a senior police officer said.
The police are also seeking help from technical experts to extract information from the seized laptops and phones.
“We have sought help from technical experts who are working on the laptop and mobile phones to extract more information. They will be going through the data, including their call list, contacts in their mobile and laptop. We will also access their call detail records to ascertain who all they were in touch with and who all did they contact on that day. Investigations into the matter is on,” the senior police officer said.
This has been the second instance of this kind in the last couple of weeks. Last week, the Kanpur police, on Thursday (May 11), arrested three bookies from a hotel where Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils teams were staying after the conclusion of the match. The police had found Rs 40.90 lakh cash and five mobile phones from the bookies. Ramesh Nayan Shah, one of the three bookies and is a former Under-19 cricketer from Maharashtra, had gone on to claim that the match between the Daredevils and the Lions was fixed.
The Indian Premier League is one of the biggest cricket leagues in the world but its image has been tarnished every now and then due to the betting and spot-fixing menace. In 2013, three Rajasthan Royal players- S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were banned for life for their involvement in spot-fixing.