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Delhi cops bust betting racket during WC final

delhi Updated: Apr 04, 2011 23:41 IST

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Delhi Police on Monday claimed to have cracked six betting syndicates operating during the World Cup cricket final with the arrest of 17 persons, including two students and a Hindi news channel cameraman.

With this, the police smashed a total of 23 such syndicates during the sporting event, held between February 19 and April 2.

The rackets, which were smashed on Saturday during the final match between India and Sri Lanka, were operating in Rohini, Motia Khan, Vishnu Garden, Patparganj, Lawrence Road and Shahdara. Five rackets were busted by Crime Branch, while the other was cracked by East District police.

"Total bets received by the betting syndicates which were smashed on Saturday was around Rs 2.27 crore," a senior police official said. The Crime Branch team have smashed 19 betting syndicates.

"The interesting part was the arrest of two students this time while we were raiding a premise. Besides, a TV channel cameraman, property dealers and small time businessmen were also involved," DCP (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

"Till date from February 19, a total of 23 betting syndicates have been busted and 67 persons arrested. At least 220 mobile phones and 20 laptops have been recovered and total bets received by the betting syndicates were over Rs 15.14 crores," the official said.

Two persons -- Rahul (29) and Rohit (34) -- were apprehended from Rohini Sector 17. They had received bets from the punters worth Rs 40 lakh.

In Motia Khan, two men Vinod Kumar (40) and Rakesh Kumar (30), were arrested. They had received bets from the punters worth Rs 35 lakh. Three persons -- Shakti Yadav (24), Narender Yadav (36) and Bhupender Yadav (37) -- were apprehended from Vishnu Garden.

The fourth betting syndicate was busted in Patpar Ganj from where five persons were apprehended. They were identified as Gurmeet Singh (28), Paramjeet Singh (30), Daleep (33), Varun Sharma (32), and Ankur Sharma (30). Varun Sharma is a camera man with a Hindi news channel.

Another syndicate was cracked in Lawrence Road from where two students Arun Sablok (20) and Harsprit Singh Walia (19) were arrested. They had received bets from the punters worth Rs 27 lakh. Sablok is pursuing BA, while Walia is also a student. Walia took a house in the last month on Rs 5000 per month rent to run their betting racket.

In Shahdara, three persons -- Bholu Bhati, Rakesh Sharma and Lalit Gupta -- were apprehended for allegedly indulging in betting during the final.

"During the scanning of the data on the laptop, a betting of around Rs 45 lakh was already been detected and total 75 punters had bet by that time," DCP (East) O P Mishra said.

"The rate of the odds between the two teams originate from outside India and bets are taken on this basis. After the match is over, profit and loses are calculated by a software known as 'Back 'N' Lay PRO'. The rates keep fluctuating with the fall of wickets and the runs scored," the official said.

The bookies watch the match on TV and use laptops to enter data. They use mobile phones to get the rates of odds on the match and for taking bets from punters.

"The recording facility on the mobile phone is used for keeping records placed by the punters. One set of mobile phones are specifically used for receiving the rates of betting which fluctuates ball by ball," the official said.

Apart from receiving rates on telephone they also receive rates on Internet for which they used the data cards even as data was also maintained manually on the notebooks as a backup, he said.

"The rates keep fluctuating with the fall of wickets and the runs scored. In a 50 overs ODI, generally there are five sessions of 10 overs each and betting is done separately on each session," the official said.

The rackets were active during almost all the matches India played, including against Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, Ireland and Netherlands. The smashed rackets were also seen betting on Pakistan-New Zealand and Sri Lanka-Kenya matches.

The first betting rackets to be smashed were on February 19, the first day of the World Cup when India took on co-host Bangladesh, as investigators of Crime Branch swooped on in three such gangs in Karol Bagh, Rohini and Peetampura during which eight persons were arrested.

In a particular case, police arrested a 39-year-old businessman identified as Rakesh Jain, whose craze for betting led him to Rs 60 lakh debt, for running a betting syndicate to tide over his financial problems. He was allegedly indulging in betting during India-Netherlands league match.

With this, the police smashed a total of 23 such syndicates during the sporting event, held between February 19 and April 2.

The rackets, which were smashed on Saturday during the final match between India and Sri Lanka, were operating in Rohini, Motia Khan, Vishnu Garden, Patparganj, Lawrence Road and Shahdara. Five rackets were busted by Crime Branch, while the other was cracked by East District police.

"Total bets received by the betting syndicates which were smashed on Saturday was around Rs 2.27 crore," a senior police official said. The Crime Branch team have smashed 19 betting syndicates.

"The interesting part was the arrest of two students this time while we were raiding a premise. Besides, a TV channel cameraman, property dealers and small time businessmen were also involved," DCP (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

"Till date from February 19, a total of 23 betting syndicates have been busted and 67 persons arrested. At least 220 mobile phones and 20 laptops have been recovered and total bets received by the betting syndicates were over Rs 15.14 crores," the official said.

Two persons -- Rahul (29) and Rohit (34) -- were apprehended from Rohini Sector 17. They had received bets from the punters worth Rs 40 lakh.

In Motia Khan, two men Vinod Kumar (40) and Rakesh Kumar (30), were arrested. They had received bets from the punters worth Rs 35 lakh. Three persons -- Shakti Yadav (24), Narender Yadav (36) and Bhupender Yadav (37) -- were apprehended from Vishnu Garden.

The fourth betting syndicate was busted in Patpar Ganj from where five persons were apprehended. They were identified as Gurmeet Singh (28), Paramjeet Singh (30), Daleep (33), Varun Sharma (32), and Ankur Sharma (30). Varun Sharma is a camera man with a Hindi news channel.

Another syndicate was cracked in Lawrence Road from where two students Arun Sablok (20) and Harsprit Singh Walia (19) were arrested. They had received bets from the punters worth Rs 27 lakh. Sablok is pursuing BA, while Walia is also a student. Walia took a house in the last month on Rs 5000 per month rent to run their betting racket.

In Shahdara, three persons -- Bholu Bhati, Rakesh Sharma and Lalit Gupta -- were apprehended for allegedly indulging in betting during the final.

"During the scanning of the data on the laptop, a betting of around Rs 45 lakh was already been detected and total 75 punters had bet by that time," DCP (East) O P Mishra said.

"The rate of the odds between the two teams originate from outside India and bets are taken on this basis. After the match is over, profit and loses are calculated by a software known as 'Back 'N' Lay PRO'. The rates keep fluctuating with the fall of wickets and the runs scored," the official said.

The bookies watch the match on TV and use laptops to enter data. They use mobile phones to get the rates of odds on the match and for taking bets from punters.

"The recording facility on the mobile phone is used for keeping records placed by the punters. One set of mobile phones are specifically used for receiving the rates of betting which fluctuates ball by ball," the official said.

Apart from receiving rates on telephone they also receive rates on Internet for which they used the data cards even as data was also maintained manually on the notebooks as a backup, he said.

"The rates keep fluctuating with the fall of wickets and the runs scored. In a 50 overs ODI, generally there are five sessions of 10 overs each and betting is done separately on each session," the official said.

The rackets were active during almost all the matches India played, including against Pakistan, Australia, England, South Africa, Ireland and Netherlands. The smashed rackets were also seen betting on Pakistan-New Zealand and Sri Lanka-Kenya matches.

The first betting rackets to be smashed were on February 19, the first day of the World Cup when India took on co-host Bangladesh, as investigators of Crime Branch swooped on in three such gangs in Karol Bagh, Rohini and Peetampura during which eight persons were arrested.

In a particular case, police arrested a 39-year-old businessman identified as Rakesh Jain, whose craze for betting led him to Rs 60 lakh debt, for running a betting syndicate to tide over his financial problems. He was allegedly indulging in betting during India-Netherlands league match.