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Hyderabad police bust online cricket betting racket, seven booked

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Local police seized total property worth INR 56 lakh.

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With the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) underway, the ugly business of online cricket betting has made a comeback in Greater Hyderabad. Rachakonda police on April 6 (Wednesday) busted an online cricket betting racket and arrested seven suspects. In addition to that, the police also seized property worth INR 56 lakh.

According to Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, the Special Operations Team (SOT) raided Satya Nagar colony on Wednesday after receiving a tip and apprehended seven accused. They seized INR 11.80 lakh cash, while two bank accounts were also seized.

The raids were conducted during RR vs RCB match on April 5

To note, the police conducted the raids when the accused were conducting bookings for betting during the group stage match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 5 (Tuesday). A case under sections 3 and 4 of the TS Gaming Act was registered against the accused.

Of the seven people arrested, the police have identified the main organiser Tanniru Nagaraju, line operator Gundu Kishore, sub-bookies Tanniru Ashok and Chemmeti Vinod, punters Kotla Dinesh Bhargav, Medishetty Kishore, and Bojana Raju. As per local police, two other accused are on the run. Most of them hail from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

It is to be noted that, the main bookie Nagaraju was earlier arrested in a similar case in 2016. The bookie was operating the betting racket with his friend and two of his distant relatives.

The bookies had arranged telephonic lines and given numbers to punters. The betting starts with the first ball being bowled till the very last ball second innings. The rate of teams and runs fluctuates depending on the situation of the match. The punters make calls to bookies during the match to place the bets. The local police also informed that the bookies through their collection agents were accepting money from the punters either in cash or through digital payment.

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