MYSURU: Close on the heels of district police busting a case of cricket betting racket, Mysuru city police have arrested four persons for allegedly organizing online cricket betting from a rented house in NR Mohalla police limits.
City Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths arrested Gurudutt, 24, of Manchegowdanakoppal, Ganesh, 45, of Mandi Mohalla, Yogesh, 23, of Belavatha village, and Nagaraju, 45, of Lashkar Mohalla, for allegedly organizing betting during Sunday’s IPL matches.
Acting on a tip-off, the sleuths raided the house on St Mary’s Road and seized 16 cellphones, an LCD TV, a laptop, an internet dongle, printer and set-top box.
Inspector Gajendra Prasad said that the bookies had contacts at the national level. The inspector said that betting, of late, has become money-doubling business. He appealed to the public not to get trapped. We have booked them under the provisions of Karnataka Police Act for gambling in public places, and investigation is under way,” he added.
In March, district police had arrested six bookies from Nanjangud for allegedly running a similar racket. An officer explained that it is difficult to identify bookies as they operate from isolated places. They develop contacts over cellphones, he said, adding that it is difficult to trace them as they keep changing their cellphone numbers frequently or after every match.
Seven held for gambling
CCB police arrested seven men who were allegedly playing cards at a hotel here on Sunday. The arrested are Aarif, 29, a fruit vendor in Bannimantap, Chandan, 30, of Nazarabad, Suresh, 56, a cook from Kanakagiri, Nagesh, 42, a worker from Hebbal, Sudhir, 50, a tailor from Mandi Mohalla, Naga, 30, a dailywage worker from TK Layout, and Ravi from Devaraja Mohalla. They were caught while playing andar-bahar on the first floor of New Olympia Military Hotel in Devaraja Mohalla. Acting on a tip-off, CCB police raided the hotel and arrested all seven men, including the hotel manager. Police said the accused were playing cards against money. Police have seized six cellphones and Rs 18,000 and registered a petty case.