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Seven arrested for betting on IPL matches, ₹27 lakh recovered during raid by UP-STF

The STF officials arrested mastermind Rohit Gupta who has been allegedly involved in similar betting activities over the last five years

noida Updated: Apr 28, 2017 23:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
The items seized during the raid at a highrise in Noida’s Sector 93.(HT PHOTO)

In a major raid at a flat in a high rise of Sector 93 in Noida on Friday, the officials of Uttar Pradesh special task force (UP-STF) arrested seven persons for betting during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Cricket matches. A total of nearly ₹27 lakh was also recovered from the accused persons.

The officials said that the raids were jointly conducted by STF teams from Lucknow and Noida and also by the Phase-2 civil police personnel. Following the raids, the officials arrested mastermind Rohit Gupta who has been allegedly involved in similar betting activities for the past five years. He is believed to a resident of Kailash Puri in Bulandshahr district of western UP.

“He was operating earlier in Bulandshahr and arrived in Noida nearly one-and-a-half years ago. His prime business is to invite bets on IPL matches and the group resumed their operations as the the current IPL season got underway. We are also trying to trace the bookies who are involved in the large syndicate operated by Gupta in Delhi-NCR and beyond. A total of seven persons were arrested, while a hunt is on for the others who had links with the group,” said RK Mishra, deputy superintendent of police, STF, Noida.

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Apart from Gupta, teams also arrested Ankur Govil and Neeraj Gupta, both hailing from Bulandshahr, Samuel Jacob, Akash Kumar and Rahul Channa, all three hailing from Ghaziabad. The officials also arrested Ashok Garg who hails from Shahdara in Delhi.

The raids were conducted jointly by the teams at the flat occupied by Gupta at Emerald Court in Noida’s Sector-93 locality. The teams recovered nearly ₹27 lakh in cash, four laptops, i-Pads, 16 mobile phones Along with other items used to facilitate the alleged betting activities by reaching out to potential customers online.

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 23:35 IST