Mumbai: Santacruz police have busted a cricket betting syndicate and arrested four persons including notorious cricket bookie Bipin Shah aka Bipin Indraprastha late on Monday evening. Earlier Shah was arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell of Thane police.
On Monday evening, Shriram Koregaonkar, senior police inspector of Santacruz police station, received a tip-off about a betting syndicate operating from a flat in Santacruz. Acting on the tip-off, a team raided an apartment at Linking Road in Santacruz (W) and caught four bookies red handed while placing bets for recently concluded match and Australian series.
The four accused have been identified as Bipin Shah alias Bipin Indraprasth (48), Jitendra Jadhav (38), Narayan Rebari (24) and Devilal Jaat (40). Incidentally, Indraprasth was named in many high-profile betting cases before and was arrested by the anti-extortion cell of Thane police in June last year.
Indraprastha, who is the prime accused, was communicating over cell phones with other super bookies and was also fixing the rates of the game being played. Jadhav was seen operating on a laptop and television. Rebari was seen answering calls from other bookies and customers, while Jaat was assisting the other accused trio,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 9, Paramjit Singh Dahiya.
Investigations revealed the accused men had rented an apartment in Ashiyana building at the Linking road only for betting purpose. Police seized 17 mobile phones connected to the communicator, a laptop and some objectionable documents from the spot. All the accused have been sent to police custody till Friday and they have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act and Indian Telegram Act.
“The arrested accused may be a syndicate but it is also possible that the might be working for another syndicate. We are searching for other bookies involved behind the fixing scam and most appropriate action will be taken against them so necessary investigation is going on,” added Dahiya.