Four held for betting during IPL match

With the arrest of four people, police have claimed to bust an organised betting racket of Indian Premier League cricket matches and recovered Rs 45,500 as the stake money from Uttam Nagar on Saturday.

According to the additional commissioner of police (crime) Ravindra Yadav, the accused have been identified as Rajinder Kumar 39, Ravi Bellan 30, Vinay Kumar, 38 and Ajay Arora, 28. On Saturday, a police team received information that Rajinder would be organising cricket betting in his house in Uttam Nagar area of west Delhi and he would be writing ‘satta’ during the match between Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors, scheduled to be held on May 11. On receiving the information, police team raided the house and caught the accused red-handed.

 Police said that a decoy customer was sent to the house who offered a deal to the accused. On the instance of the decoy, a raid was conducted at the given address at about 6 pm as the live cricket match between the two competing teams was being telecast on a LCD TV.  “The accused were using two telephone lines to receive the betting rates from the bookies. They were also writing the ‘satta’ deals received from the punters and recording the conversation on other mobile phones,” said the police.
 All the accused were booked under sections 3, 4 and 5 of Delhi Police Gambling Act at crime branch police station.

 “During interrogation, accused Rajinder revealed that he has been running this racket for the last two years with the assistance from his associates at his own house in Uttam Nagar. He further told police that the other three accused are his paid workers who are given Rs 1,000 each besides the commission. The amount of commission depends on the profits earned by committing this crime,” police said.

They further added that they have recovered ten mobile phones, stake money of Rs 45,500, a LCD TV and two calculators from their possession. Further investigations are underway.

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