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Betting syndicate unearthed from Juhu hotel

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
By Zuber Ansari

While three people were caught from a Juhu hotel by Crime Branch, four more persons are wanted in this case

A cricket betting syndicate was unearthed inside a Juhu hotel room, where three were arrested for placing bets on an Indian Premier League match played between two leading teams, while four persons are still wanted in this case.

The crime branch officials of Unit IX  arrested the accused people, seized mobile phones and SIM cards registered on fake names, along with equipments worth Rs 5 lakh. The case was then registered at Juhu police station for further investigation.

With these arrests, the police department is also keeping a close watch on activities related to placing bets on crickets with 'Cricket World Cup – 2019' just two weeks away. According to police sources, the crime branch officials had received a tip-off about a few cricket bookies placing bets on an IPL match in a Juhu hotel.

Acting on the information, a police team raided the hotel premises and arrested three men, identified as Manoj, Rajiv and Nitesh, who used to provide a website link along with an ID and password to login after the person paid the betting amount.

After logging into the account, one could place bets, which would be notified to the cricket bookies in the syndicate circle. During the investigations, police also seized mobile phones and SIM cards of different telecom companies, registered on fake documents to evade identification. The mobile phones and SIM cards were arranged by two accomplices of the accused, Rishi Daryanani and Mahesh Khemalani, who are still absconding in the case, said a senior police officer.

 Juhu Police have booked the accused people under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, The Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act and The Indian Telegraph Act and are investigating the case.

Police suspect more arrests will be made in the case during further investigation, as it will further unearth the names of cricket bookies involved in the cricket bookie syndicate.

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