Two men, arrested for allegedly accepting bets on the Champions Trophy match between West Indies and Pakistan on Friday night, were remanded in five-day police custody by a court here on Saturday.
While the two accused, Pawan Kumar of Mochpura and Antarpreet Singh of Nav Mohalla, were sent in police custody, three of their accomplices - Nishant alias Honey of New Shivpuri, Sanjay alias Chidi of Daresi Road and a third unidentified one - continue to be at large. Police have now launched an operation to arrest them.
Pawan and Antarpreet were arrested in a raid at a house in New Shivpuri on Friday night. However, their three accomplices had managed to escape. The two have been booked under section 420, 129-B of the Indian Penal Code and 13A/3/67 of the Gambling Act at Salem Tabri police station.
Police had recovered a laptop, 16 mobile phones, a calculator, television set and diaries with contacts written in a code language, from their possession. Police assistant commissioner (Ludhiana north) J Elanchezhian said a team from Salem Tabri police station, led by inspector Dharampal, raided the house belonging to Nishant and arrested Pawan and Antarpreet.
Inspector Dharampal claimed that the accused were caught red-handed while accepting bets. The accused were allegedly accepting bets on the winner of the match, individual performance of players and score and wickets to be collected in intervals of 10 overs.
The accused used to record the conversations with the people placing the bets to keep a record with them. Police expect to make more inroads into betting rackets in the city with Friday's arrest. Earlier, the CIA staff of Ludhiana police had busted a bookies' racket operating from a hotel room with the arrest of two during the domestic T20 tournament.
*Accused allegedly accepted bets on the winner of the match
*They also accepted bets on individual performance of players, and runs to& be scored and wickets that would fall in intervals of 10 overs.
*To keep record of the bets that have been placed, the accused used to record conversations with the people placing the bets
*With Friday's arrest, police now hope to make inroads into betting rackets that are operating in the city and its periphery