The investigation into the cricket betting racket, busted by the city police on Thursday with the arrest of four alleged bookies, revealed that an Abohar-based crorepati was the main kingpin of the statewide racket. The city police have started proceedings to arrest him.
The name of the crorepati bookie has come out to be 'Maasha' owing property worth crores in Abohar and Chandigarh and was operating from behind-the-scenes through two aides Pawan and Bittoo, who manage his business in the state.
On Wednesday, the police claimed that someone from Himachal Pradesh was the brain behind this racket.
However, the investigation of the four people arrested on Thursday revealed the name of the Abohar resident.
The investigation also revealed that lakhs were bet on Thursday's one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Several other names surfaced but they were betting through codes which included 'code Number-24', 'GPS' and 'CBM'.
Some names included 'Deepu Sultanpur', 'Sukh Sultanpur' and 'Vicky Sanitarywala', 'Ricky 'and 'Raja Sai' were in touch with the four arrested persons.
Assistant commissioner of police (special branch) Som Nath said that 'Maasha' is the kingpin of the statewide match-fixing racket, who operates behind-the-scenes through Bitoo and Pawan.
He said that police would soon establish the real identity of the people involved in this racket and would be nabbed soon.
He said that the police have got two-day remand of the arrested people after they were produced in a court on Friday for further interrogation.
Surprisingly, when Bhargo camp police were conducting a press conference on the issue, various leaders of SAD-BJP alliance reached raising many eyebrows.
The police had recovered 19 mobile phones, 1 LCD television, `9,270, five cheques worth `10lakh and one mini telephone exchange to receive bets on cricket matches and one white Hyundai i20 from the accused.
The arrested included Sukhpreet Singh, a resident of Raja Garden, Gurbinder Singh of Virk Enclave and two brothers Ravi Julka and Amit Julka of Manjeet Nagar, Basti Sheikh.