Andhra Pradesh

Cricket betting racket busted, 16 arrested

Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal addressing the media in Ongole on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal addressing the media in Ongole on Wednesday.  

Laptops, mobile phones, ₹16.11 lakh in cash seized

A cricket betting racket was busted with the arrest of 16 persons, including bookies and a communicator operator, by the Prakasam district police here on Wednesday.

The sleuths of the Central Crime Station and II Town police jointly nabbed the 16 accused, including alleged kingpin K. Ramesh from Bhimavaram in West Godavari district, at an abandoned building near a school here in the afternoon.

Two laptops, ten mobile phones, a communicator used for online betting, and ₹ 16,11,500 in cash were seized from them.

Explaining the modus operandi, Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal said they lure mostly middle class people, daily wagers, unemployed youth and students to bet not only on international cricket matches but also on Indian Premier League (IPL) Twnety20 matches and also on Vivo Pro Kabaddi events.

They operated from among other towns -- Nellore, Gudur, Ulavapadu, Mangalagiri, Bheemavaram, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad, and made punters to bet big sums, said the SP who formed special teams which travelled to different parts of the country to achieve a breakthrough. In a close contest, the punters make speculations ball by ball.

To probe further

“We will probe more deeply to unravel the racket in full,” the SP said, adding that big bookies at the national level were behind the racket which had spread not only into semi-urban areas but also into villages. The victims should come forward to approach the local police to help them go deeper into the racket.

“We are probing the links between the bookies here and elsewhere in the country as it is an organised racket,” the SP said.

According to Central Crime Station Deputy Superintendent of Police A. Prasad Kumar, the other arrested were Surendra Varma (26), S. Sivashankar (32), K.V. Sivakumar (52), V. Ramakrishna (46), G. Sudhakar Reddy (48), G. Poornachandra Rao (46), P. Srinu (43), K. Prasad (40), M. Mohan Raju ((28), T. Dileep (33), Sk. Rabbani (43), K. Chinna Venkata Rao (36), Sk. Mastan (34), A.Chenchu Mohan (40) and G. Sudhakar (32).

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