The police’s crime branch claimed it had busted a gang of bookies involved in cricket betting with the arrest of five of its members in Sector 20 on Tuesday.
They were caught red handed while reportedly engaged in placing odds for today’s India-England match.
Two cars including a BMW, 24 mobile phones, two SIM cards, two LED TVs, five calculators and three playing card boxes and two SIM cards were seized from their possession.
The suspects have been identified as Amit Khatri, 26, Deepak Kumar alias Gattu, 29, Saurabh Sukhija alias Monu, 30, Deepak, 21 (all residents of Kaithal in Haryana) and Tarun Chabbara alias Tanu, 25, a resident of Sector 22, Chandigarh.
Crime branch inspector Gurmukh Singh said the police had received complaints of some bookies planning planning to place bets on next month’s Cricket World Cup.
“A police patrol team near the Jama Masjid, Sector 20, came across the complainant, Bunty, who alleged some men were engaged in betting on the between England-India cricket match in a house in Sector 20A.”
At this, the police raided the house and nabbed the gang. A criminal case was later filed against the five men under Sections 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy) & 4 of the IPC and Section 13-3-67 of the Gambling Act at the Sector-19 police station.
“The gang members also face criminal charges related to betting in Haryana,” Singh added.