IPL 2018: Delhi Police Crack Down on Online Betting Racket, Three Arrested
It is a well-established fact by now that Indian Premier League (IPL) and illegal betting rackets have gone hand-in-hand. The degree of epidemic plaguing cricket’s marquee event can be deduced by the spot-fixing scandals and relegation of major teams from the league.
The capital of India, Delhi, is one of the worst-hit states when it comes to illegal betting rackets. Every season of IPL, Delhi Police manages to expose betting rackets and make subsequent arrests.
This time around, Delhi Police stated that they arrested three men for allegedly running an online betting racket linked to the IPL from their residence in Subhash Park area in East Delhi.
“The bookies had accepted bets of around Rs 40 lakh from 84 punters when our team raided the house and arrested them,” Nupur Prasad, deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara) said after making the arrests.
According to Hindustan Times, Delhi police seized eleven mobile phones, an LED TV with a set-top box and a laptop during the bust.
“The three were watching the running commentary of the IPL match on TV and updating the rates, win and loss to their clients through the mobile phones. They were calling each punter and accepting the bet,” continued Prasad.
All three accused from Shahdara:
The three arrested are all residents of Shahdara, identified as Shekhar Gandhi, Nikhil Goyal, and Dheeraj Sharma.
“The bookies would call the punters. Then give current rates per over or Powerplay overs. Total predicted score, fall of wickets, win and loss, of the match between the two teams. The balance sheet is prepared after the match is over. Money collection and distribution is done later,” revealed a senior police official close to the matter.
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