Police have busted a cricket bookie racket and arrested the associate of racket’s kingpin and two others from Sailan Talab area in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Rayees Mohammad Bhat, SSP Udhampur said that based on a reliable information, a police team of Police Station Udhampur led by SHO PS Udhampur Inspector Vijay Choudhary, during a raid arrested a bookie, who was allegedly accepting bets for Cricket matches along with two others.
The arrested person identified as Varinder Kumar, son of Tulsi Ram, a resident of Venus Chowk Sailan Talab, Udhampur, was associate of racket’s kingpin identified as Raju who used to collect money for IPL and other cricket matches as well. Two others, who were also arrested have been identified as Rohit Kumar and Rajinder Kumar, both residents of Kallar, Udhampur. Raju, the tenant of the shop and kingpin of the racket is absconding and hunt has been launched to nab him.
So far, more than Rs 30,000 booking amount/bet money has been recovered from the possession of arrested accused persons, he said.
The SSP said that primary interrogation of Varinder Kumar has revealed that their accomplice Raju and other bookies used to accept bet money on cricket matches including IPL and pass on information to top-level bookies in Mumbai and other states. Police is on the lookout for his accomplice Raju and others.
“Raju’s network was spread across various states of India, from where he used to accept bets from sub-agents on cricket matches”.
Mobile phone seized were having contact numbers and recordings related to bets. Books having records of bets were also seized from the spot, he added.
A case under FIR Number 346/18 under Section 3/4/13 Gambling Act has been registered at Police Station Udhampur and further investigation into the case is going on.