Police crackdown on bookies in major cities

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Continuing their drive against the bookies, police busted betting rackets in Mumbai, Chennai and here, recovering a large amount of cash and electronic goods used for betting on the World Cup matches. The Delhi police arrested a couple for running a well-organised high-tech betting racket from their residence while they were engaged in the illegal activity during the match between Australia and Pakistan on Tuesday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) U K Katna said on Wednesday.

Documents showing illegal cricket betting amounting to crores of rupees were recovered from the premises along with four mobile phones, two personal computers, a telephone recording system and a TV set, he said. In Mumbai, the Crime branch sleuths nabbed nine bookies on Tuesday, taking the total to 13 since the start of the World Cup, police said.

Mobile phones and television sets valued at Rs 4.5 lakhs were seized from them in three raids in different parts of the city. Two bookies were also arrested in Chennai while accepting bets on the matches. Account books seized from them indicated that betting to the tune of at least Rs 30 lakh had already taken place so far, Joint Commissioner of Police (South) C Sylendra Babu told reporters.

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