A big cricket-betting racket was busted with the arrest of six persons in Jankipuram area in Lucknow on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. They were holding bets during the Champions Trophy final between India and England.
Police recovered Rs 67,000, a LED TV on which the match was being viewed, 32 cell phones with SIM cards and 30 other SIM cards, a landline phone, a laptop and four calculators from the flat from where betting was being conducted.
Police suspect a link to national/international betting racketeers as those arrested were in touch with their aides in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Pune (from where six persons were arrested on May 26 for betting on the final match of the IPL between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings). Those arrested were Sanjay Mishra, the mastermind of the gang and resident of Malihabad, Shiv Kumar of Unnao, Harsh Ahuja of Kanpur and Vishal Kapoor, Jitendra Kashyap and Rinku (all Lucknow). “Betting was being held in two ways. One was on the match result while the other was spot-betting,” said Pankaj Singh, one of the cops involved in the raid.
“Bet for match result was placed at the start of the match or midway but spot-betting (score of an over) was done by keeping the bettor connected through phones or a website,” said AK Singh, another cop in the team.
Assistant superintendent of police (crime) RK Singh said, “On the basis of information provided by the arrested persons we have contacted Mumbai and New Delhi crime branches for further probe.” An FIR was lodged at Jankipuram police station and questioning of the arrested persons was in progress.