Betting racket unearthed, 4 nabbed

Betting racket unearthed, 4 nabbed

Yashpal Sharma, in charge of anti-smuggling cell, with cricket bookies arrested in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24

Anti-smuggling cell of the city police has arrested four persons for betting on IPL matches. The police have recovered 10 mobile phones, one laptop, one set-top box and one adapter from the bookies.

Those arrested have been identified as Manjot Singh, alias King, of Dashmesh Nagar; Kapil Kumar of Phase I, Dugri; Sanjiv Kumar of Dashmesh Nagar and Mohit Jaiswal of Star Colony.

Yashpal Sharma, in charge of the cell, said secret information was received that some persons were betting on IPL matches at a house.

A special police party was formed and the house was raided. The police caught them while they were taking bets on the match between Kolkata Night Riders and Mumbai Indians at the house of Manjot, said Yashpal.

There was no past criminal record of the suspects. “Our investigation is on to nab the other persons involved in the betting racket and soon more arrests will be made,” he added

The police have registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 of the IPC and under the Gambling Act.

Police launch drive against bookies

The police have launched a special drive to check betting on IPL matches. All police station heads and in-charge of different cells have been directed by the senior officials to keep tabs over this illegal activity. Sources said the police had also prepared a list of some professional cricket bookies who were already facing cases and their activities are being closely monitored by the police.

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