Five held for running cricket betting racket

Barasat: Five persons were arrested Thursday on the charges of running a cricket betting racket here in North 24 Parganas district.

The police said the five persons rented a guest house here from where they were allegedly running the betting racket. They were arrested when India was playing against Australia in a quarter-final encounter of the World Cup.

Besides five mobile phones, the police seized a booking register from them. According to the record, Rs 55,000 was Thursday's entry, while there were other entries for previous days.

Police said the five suspects -- Kamal Jain, Vineet Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Shrihari Sharma and Nikhil Jhunjhunwala -- could be associated with a bigger betting racket. They are being interrogated, they added.