Hyderabad, Sept. 29 | Cricket : The SOT police of Cyberabad today arrested a gang involved in IPL cricket betting racket . Revealing the details of the gang members at a press conference , Cyberabad CP Stephen Ravindra said that they had conducted raids at Bachupally , Miyapur , Gachibowli Mylardevpally areas and three more areas and arrested 23 bookies .
The police seized Rs.93 lakh, eight laptops and 275 mobile phones 14 Betting boards, 8 laptops, 247 Movile phone, 28 Smarphones, 4 tabs, 4 TVs 2 Routers, 1 printer and five cars, all together valued at Rs.2.21 crore. He said that the gang members were resorting to the betting by using an app on Google play store.
Cyberabad Commissioner M. Stephen Raveendra said the Cyberabad Police Special Operations Team, acting on a tip off, had caught seven gangs organizing cricket betting in Cyberabad. The gangs were organizing the betting on the ongoing IPL matches. The raids were conducted at seven places in Shamshabad, Bachupally, Gachibowli and Miyapur.
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“The gangs were operating the betting racket in an organized manner by luring bookies, sub-bookies and punters. The main organizers are from Vijayawada,” he said.
The organizers were luring people offering quick money and were organizing cricket betting through online mode with the help of mobile phone applications.
14-Betting Boards, 08-Laptops, 247-Mobile Phones, 28 Smartphones, 04-Tabs, 04 TV’s, 02 Routers, 01 Printer and 05 Four Wheeler Vehicles from their possession 2/2 pic.twitter.com/fvJSkCkvhP
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“The main organizer Suresh alias Maha of Vijaywada is the kingpin organizing the betting racket with the help of his associates Suresh, Chintha Venu, G Venkatesh and others. All the main bookies are coordinating with sub bookies operating from different locations,” the Commissioner said, adding that it was found that the network was operating across the country and also in the United Arab Emirates, particularly Dubai.
The police will write to Google to remove the betting applications Play Store and also to banks to freeze some bank accounts, the Commissioner said.
The CP said that the betting was done in four layers and added that three bookies work as an Associates of the main bookie. He said that they identified that the gang members had network in Cities like Mumbai, Goa and Dubai. He said that they would write a letter to Google and ask it remove the app that is being used for the betting racket. He urged the parents of the children, who are playing the betting games to focus on the phones of their wards