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Bookie, nine associates arrested in Kolkata

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Bookies arrested for allegedly taking bets on cricket matches, cover their faces, as they are being taken away in a police van in Kolkata on Thursday.— Photo: AFP
Bookies arrested for allegedly taking bets on cricket matches, cover their faces, as they are being taken away in a police van in Kolkata on Thursday.— Photo: AFP

 In a crackdown on betting syndicates operating in the city in the wake of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, a bookie and nine of his associates were arrested, police said Thursday.

“We arrested Ajit Surekha, an alleged bookie and nine of his associates on Wednesday night. We are yet to find any links with the ongoing IPL spot-fixing scam,” Joint Commissioner (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.

 Mr. Surekha is a small-time television and film producer. A film he produced in 2012 bombed at the box office.

 According to police, Mr. Surekha has a history of betting on horse races and a probe is now on to find out if he is involved in cricket betting.

 Twenty mobile handsets, Rs. 3.10 lakh in cash, two laptops and a video camera were seized.

 Those arrested were allegedly involved in taking bets on the last match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.

 The accused were nabbed in a joint operation of the special task force and the detective department of the city police late on Wednesday night from a house in north Kolkata.

A city court remanded all the accused in police custody till May 27.


  • No links found yet with spot-fixing scam

  • They were booking bets on CSK-MI match



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