The city police have claimed to bust a bookie racket with the arrest of four persons including a woman on Tuesday.
Police recovered Rs. 9.5 lakh and various ATM cards besides 42 mobile phones, 1 LCD television, 500 gm gold and one mini telephone exchange to receive bets on cricket matches.
Six of their accomplices managed to flee from the spot. The police registered a case of gambling and cheating against the accused at the Model Town police station under sections 13A, 3, 67 of Gambling Act and sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The accused who were arrested are the kingpin of the gang and include Raj Kumar alias Raju, a resident of Dhuri line, his wife Rajni, Rajan Khurana alias Bobby of Chitte Quarter, Dhuri lines and Harmeet Singh alias Ripsy of New Pavittar Nagar of Haibowal Kalan.
The accused who managed to flee are Sanjay of Aggar Nagar, Davinder and Jadeja of Samrala Chowk, Soni of Hargobind Nagar and Kambli of Chhawni Mohalla and one unidentified person.
Police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill said the accused used to organise gambling parties at their house. Following a tip-off, assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Deepak Hilori and CIA staff raided a house in Dhuri Line area and nabbed three persons.
Gill said it was suspected that the jewellery that was recovered from the accused belonged to the people who lost in gambling.
He added the accused also accepted bets on cricket matches. As there were no matches on Tuesday so no bets were set by the accused.
Gill said the accused procured mobile phone connections using fake identity proofs. The accused couple was involved in lottery, gambling and match fixing through which they used to befool innocent people.
He said the police had launched a manhunt for the arrest of absconders.