The police on Thursday busted a cricket betting racket by arresting a person Md. Khaja Pasha (24), who was allegedly accepting bets from punters on the ODI tri-series in Australia.

An amount of Rs. 9,600 was seized from him, the Commissioner's Task Force (East) team said. The accused from Amberpet was contacting punters over phone and accepting bet amounts. The TF (North) team caught 13 persons, who were allegedly indulging in gambling by playing game of three cards, after raiding the house of a retired railway employee, Syed Khaja. An amount of Rs. 42,700 was seized from them.

Ganja seized

The Mangalhat police on Thursday caught Baldev Singh (45) and seized one kg ganja.

Drug seized

The Customs officials on Thursday seized a narcotic drug Ephedrine weighing 4.03 kg, worth Rs. 40 lakh, from a passenger at RGIA in Shamshabad. The passenger, Mohammed Ibrahim from Chennai was about to board a Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysian Airlines flight when the authorities checked his bag and found the drug.