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Eight held for betting on cricket

cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2011 00:23 IST
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The crime branch of the Delhi Police picked up eight persons from three different locations across the capital on Saturday for their alleged involvement in running cricket betting syndicates.

"Gaurav Sharma, 32, Shanku Arora, 29, Goldy Verma, 28 and Pankaj Saluja, 33, were arrested from a hotel in Karol

Bagh. While Devender Rana, 32, and Tarun Bhatia, 24, were arrested from Rohini, Anil Kumar Gupta, 43, and Navin Kumar Gupta, 41 were arrested from Pitampura," said Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime).

Police said the gang was using as many as 30 mobile phones, four laptops and televisions, a printer and a data card to operate small betting units from Rohini, Karol Bagh and Pitampura.

"We apprehended them after three raids at their hideouts, on the basis of specific information that betting took place on the India-Bangladesh match played on Saturday," said Chand. According to the police, the raids were conducted simultaneously at the Karol Bagh, Rohini and Pitampura residences, respectively.

"They had received bets to the tune of Rs 2.78 crore from punters," Chand added.

Police said the accused had been running the syndicate for years and used a software called 'Back 'N' Lay PRO', which automatically displays the fluctuating rates of bets vis-a-vis the fall of wickets and runs scored.

"The gang was using the laptops for data entry and management of finances. The mobile phones were being used to get the rates of the odds on the match and to take bets from punters. Their sheer number bears testimony to the fact that they were doing good business," DCP Chand added.