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Major cricket betting racket busted

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 14:11 IST
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THE CITY police busted a hi-tech betting racket on cricket matches that was run from a house in Danish Kunj on Wednesday. Eight persons were arrested and television sets, a luxury car, over two dozen cell phones apart from other related paraphernalia worth Rs 20 lakh were seized in the raid.

Apart from this the police found records of bets and transactions to the tune of nearly Rs 50 lakh and 70 punters from the computers. The house belongs to an IPS officer posted in Jabalpur but the tenant in turn gave it on rent to bettors for a much higher rent. 

Addressing a press conference, SP Anant Kumar Singh said that the main accused, Rajesh Jain alias Aman, 26, and Chandrashekhar Sharma, 33, ran the betting operations from here. On the basis of an informer’s report the special squad of police raided the house and caught eight persons for registering bets on the cricket match between West Indies and Pakistan in Multan on Wednesday.

One of the accused, Khemchandra Lalwani, 48, a trader, had taken on rent the house for Rs 2,900 per month about a year ago but a few months back Lalwani in turn allowed the bettors to use the place for running ‘satta’ operations on the days of cricket matches for a monthly rent of Rs 8,000 without the knowledge of the house owner.

The accused told police that they were mere punters until an Indore-based bookie Raman Kakkani asked them to operate as bookies in order to earn more. The accused had earned enough in the last few months to acquire vehicles including a Honda City car, three motorcycles, three laptops, two colour televisions, digital voice recorders, speaker sets and other gadgets to run the hi-tech operation.

The police seized Rs 4.63 lakh cash from the spot. The other accused include, Dinesh Talreja, an operative of Kakkani who came to Bhopal on the days of cricket match, Amit Jain, 22, Khemchandra’s son Pradeep Lalwani, Mahendra Gupta and Dayal Das.

The accused told police that they got six-seven one-day international cricket matches every month and bets were placed on runs scored per over and result of matches.

The police said that the details about the tenant Khemchandra were submitted to police as per norms by the owner. However, Khemchandra sublet the house. The eight accused are being interrogated. The main accused, Ratnesh, is the son of a trader and has done graduation from Hamidia College. Indore police have been informed about the alleged kingpin, Raman Kakkani.