Three betting rackets smashed, 11 arrested
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Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 21:05
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have smashed three rackets allegedly involved in betting during the Asia Cup cricket final between Bangladesh and Pakistan, including one operating from a car.

Eleven people were arrested in connection with this, police said.

Kanwal Jeet Singh (32), Nawal Kishore (25) and Boby Sharma (26) were apprehended from Moti Nagar yesterday while they were allegedly indulging in betting in a car, V Renganathan, Additional Commissioner of Police (West), said.

Singh told police that he came in touch with an alleged bookie Boby Gujral and entered the world of betting.

"They wanted to become rich in a short period and were dreaming to be gig names in the illegal activity. In the beginning, they started betting in a house but there feared police raid so they made a plan of running betting racket from a car," Renganathan said.

In another case, Virender Singh (38), Sombir Singh (27) and Tushar (28) were arrested from Pul Prahladpur and a laptop and TV and five mobile phones were recovered from them, Ajay Chaudhury, Additional Commissioner of Police (South-East), said.

"The modus operandi of the betting is that the rate of the odds between the two cricket playing teams originated from outside India. On the basis of that, the bets are taken during the match. After the match is over profit and loses are calculated by specifically generated software known as "Back 'N' Lay Professional".

"The rates keep fluctuating with the fall of wickets and the runs scored. The laptop is used by them for data entry management. The mobile phones are used for getting the rates of the odds on the match and for taking bets from the punters.

The recording facility on the mobile phone is used for keeping records of the bets placed by the punters," Chaudhury said.

In the third case, Om Parkash (40), Mohit Sharma (24), Rahul Gupta (31), Naresh Kumar (32) and Satish Singh (25) were arrested from Paharganj.

Nineteen mobile phones, two laptops, one TV and three notebooks were recovered from them.

"Om Parkash told us that about two months back, he had met one Neeraj Jain who offered to assist him in his betting.

Jain is a big 'satta' (betting) operator and introduced him to one Rahul Gupta mentioning that he will provide the rates from Mumbai.

"Further, they also convinced him that entire operation is done through mobile phones and chances of getting trapped by police is minimal," D C Srivastava, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central), said.


First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 21:05

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