Another major cricket betting racket busted in Mahaveer Nagar

Raipur: Civil Lines police on Thursday night busted another major cricket betting (satta) racket, second within three days, operating from Mahaveer Nagar area of the capital.

Along with arresting three bookies, police also seized from them cash Rs 17600, betting records worth crores of rupees, 13 mobile phones, a laptop computer and an iPad over which they were storing all data of the betting put with them. Giving details in this regard on Friday, police said that Civil Lines police station on Thursday night received information that a major cricket betting racket is operational somewhere in the Mahaveer Nagar area for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and West Indies.

The information was immediately shared with the senior police officers including SSP Raipur who then ordered the Cyber Cell and the Civil Lines police station staff to trace the exact location and nab the bookies red-handed. Acting on his directive, police set into locating the exact place from this illegal activity was being operated.

Soon, with the help of its technical expertise in detecting the location of mobile phones, police succeeded in pinpointing the exact house. Immediately afterwards a raid was conducted in the house from where three bookies were nabbed red-handed accepting bets over 13 separate mobile phones connected to a laptop computer and an iPad.

All these electronic gadgets were immediately seized. Further search led to recovery of cash Rs 17600 from the spot and preliminary analysis of the seized laptop computer and the iPad revealed that they contained betting records worth crores of rupees since the commencement of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

All three bookies were then brought to the police station where they were identified as Bharat Tolwani (40) of Rajendra Nagar, Tarachand Namdeo (53) of New Rajendra Nagar and Murlidhar Kingrani (51) of Lakhe Nagar. All three of them were then booked under Section 3, 4 of Gambling Act and were separately booked under Preventive Sections as well. Police is now analyzing the seized electronic gadgets to further unravel the network and other players of this racket.

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