Five arrested for allegedly running an IPL betting racket from GOA

The illegal Indian Premier League online betting racket was allegedly run by a five-member gang from Chhattisgarh

On Sunday a police spokesman said that the Calangute Police have arrested five persons for allegedly running an IPL betting racket from a hotel near Calangute beach in North Goa district. 

The Calangute police conducted a raid at the hotel on Saturday and nabbed five persons for accepting bets on the Indian Premier League (PIL) match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Shobhit D Saksena IPS transferred from Delhi to Goa | Indian Bureaucracy is  an Exclusive News Portal“They were accepting bets from their clients in Chhattisgarh over the phone. Several mobile phones and a laptop have been seized. Other gambling related articles have also been confiscated. The seizure is worth around Rs 2 lakh. So far, the gang had accepted bets worth around Rs 50 lakh while operating out of Goa,” said Shobit Saksena, superintendent of police (SP) (crime), Goa.

As per the information shared by the police, those five arrested were identified as Manoj Thadani (39 years), Bunty Dangi (32 years) and Chintu Dhoidhoy (28 years) – all from Indore, while Rupesh Singh (41 years) is from Mumbai and Jagdish Nepali (47 years) is from Nepal. A case was registered against the accused under provisions of the Goa Public Gambling Act, the official said.

This is the third IPL betting case registered at Calangute Police Station within a month during the ongoing 13th edition of the IPL, which is being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), amid covid-19 pandemic.

The police team that conducted the raid was led by PI Nolasco Raposo along with PSI Rajaram Bhagkar, Head Constable Vinod Naik and Police Constable Vinay Shrivastav; PSI Vikas Deykar is investigating further.

In early October, two separate raids had led to the arrest of eight people. While in late September, a raid in Calangute had led to the arrest of four persons, who were allegedly running an online betting racket in the tiny coastal state.

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