6 IPL bookies arrested in Goa

GOANEWS & PTI, PANAJI | 27 May 2013 20:59 IST

While the spot-fixing of Indian Premier League of 20-20 cricket is shaking up the nation, Goa police today arrested six bookies at Candolim in Goa, involved in betting for a Grand finale of IPL held yesterday.

The bookies, based in Mumbai, were caught red-handed at around 9 pm yesterday while the finale was going on, at a villa of Mangrove Villa at Candolim, near famous Calangute beach of Goa.

The Calangute police, led by PI Nilesh Rane, also attached 46 mobile phones along with multi-mobile chargers, four laptops, one iPad, a Tata Sky+ set top box with a cellular repeater and antennae as well as TV and a printer.

The cash found with them was only Rs 26,000.

According to DIG O P Mishra, they were living in a villa rented out to Gurgao-based Sushant Chabra of Unitech Machines Ltd.

The police are also planning to take into custody Chabra, for giving his villa for illegal activity.

The bookies were reportedly taking bets on mobile for the grand finale of IPL and were operating from Goa for last 45 days.

They have been arrested under Goa Anti Gambling Act and remanded to five-day police custody.

The bookies are Paresh Asarpata, Ketan Chowda, Ritesh Patel, Amit Bapat, Nikaj Kirit Lalan and Sandip Asarpate.

The PTI meanwhile reports that the tip off to Goa police came in connection with the ongoing investigation of spot-fixing racket.

The Delhi police are reportedly looking out for three fixers, allegedly to be conduits of three more cricketers.

 

As PTI reported, the elite Special Cell Delhi Police, which has been on the pursuit of some bookies after registering a case, had informed the Goa police about the presence of a few people in its area and their movement was being closely monitored.

After monitoring a particular casino where the bets for IPL matches were being put, the police teams drew a blank till Goa police apprehended the six bookies.

Initial information was that all the arrested persons were from Mumbai.

Police said their voice samples will be taken to match with the recorded conversations that are in possession of the Delhi Police.

In the meantime, a hunt had been launched to nab three people who allegedly used to 'fix' deals on behalf of the three cricketers other than those arrested by the special cell of the Delhi Police.

The three people, who are being referred as 'fixers' by the officials of the special cell, are from Nagpur and Jaipur and their names cropped up during the interrogation of Mohammed Yahya, a bookie arrested by Delhi Police from Hyderabad airport when he was trying to flee the country.

Terming Yahya's arrest as an important one which helped the police in solving the jigsaw of spot-fixing to a great extent, they said curtains may be drawn on the case once the fixers are also picked up.

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