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26 December 2017 12:35 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Four people were arrested in Mumbai on Monday for allegedly accepting bets on the India–Sri Lanka cricket match on Sunday night, the Hindu reported today.

They were arrested during a raid jointly conducted by the Khadakpada Police and the Thane Crime Branch in a residential building on Gandhari Road in Kalyan.

“We received information that a gang with international links was operating from one of the flats. Four suspects were detained and 15 cell phones, two laptops, six notebooks and 100,000 Indian rupees in cash were recovered,” an officer with the Thane Crime Branch said.

The suspects, identified as Hiralal Talreja, his son Kunal, his brother Mahesh Talreja and their associate Kamlesh Lakhiyani, were taken to the Unit III office of the Thane Crime Branch.

The call records of the cell phones were examined and the police found that the four had consistently been taking calls from various parts of the State for the entire duration of the match.

The four were questioned and after preliminary inquiries, the police booked them under the Maharashtra Gambling Act, Indian Telegraph Act and the Information Technology Act.

“The accused would accept bets from punters based in Thane district and neighbouring areas, and place bets through an online portal. An analysis of their call records has revealed that they made numerous calls to a Dubai-based number registered to one Jatin at frequent intervals. We suspect that their leader is based in Dubai and was communicating the rates to them based on developments in the match,” the officer said.

The police are also working on identifying the people who placed the bets. The police have received inputs to indicate that the arrested quartet is part of a larger network of bookies, which accepts bets on ongoing cricket tournaments.

  Comments - 6

  • L C A Tuesday, 26 December 2017 01:20 PM

    What is the use of betting as everybody knew the result well in advance !

    Bala Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:24 PM

    You do not know that bets are laced not only win/lose but individual events like hitting 5th ball in 48th over for four or six etc.

    Bala Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:27 PM

    Obviously you do not know betting in that bets are placed not only win/lose but for individual or specific events like will Sharma hit over 40 runs or will the 5th ball in 48th over be hit for a boundary etc.

    Sofia Tuesday, 26 December 2017 02:31 PM

    This is how they should catch all criminals - follow the line upto the highest culprit. In Sri Lanka they catch the street vendor but never the higher ups to the main culprit who imports drugs. Obviously they are protected by money.

    Thilak Tuesday, 26 December 2017 03:58 PM

    When it was a one sided tournament right from the start you can barely believe that betting ever existed..

    Alex Friday, 12 January 2018 07:59 PM

    Is it illegal to bet in India or the problem here is that is was without license? https://www.bettilt2.com/en/casino

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