Five men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in two betting syndicates operating during the Indian Premier League (IPL) final match on Sunday, the crime branch said.
The first raid was conducted at a house in northwest Delhi’s Rohini area. Two of the accused — Amit Gupta, 24, and Pradeep Dalal, 28 — were arrested from there. Four mobile phones, a television set and two notebooks being used in the crime were recovered, said Sanjay Jain, DCP (crime).
“The duo revealed that they accepted bets directly as well as through mobile phones. One of the phones was being used as a ‘dabba’ for broadcasting rates to bookies,” said Jain.
The police said the match summary report of the total betting till the time of the raid, for the match being played between Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Superkings, was Rs 8 lakh, approximately, while the two had accepted more than Rs 40 lakh as bets during the current IPL season.
The police carried out another raid at a house in north Delhi's Karol Bagh area on a tip-off. Three persons — Naresh, Ajay and Sanjay — were arrested with a television set and 20 mobile phones.
“They revealed that they were betting with the help of electronic equipment at different places in the Capital,” said DCP Jain.
Apart from the final match, the trio had bet for around Rs 2 crore in 54 IPL matches. In the final match, the police said the three had accepted bets for R3.5 lakh. “To escape being tracked by the police, they changed
locations several times. A case under appropriate sections has been registered in both the instances,” Jain added.