Pan-India cricket betting racket busted

Two bookies arrested allegedly accepting bets placed on cricket matches going on at the Champions League

Mumbai : The Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police has claimed to have busted a pan-India cricket-betting racket run by two bookies Bipin Shah and Paresh Shah in western Mumbai and recovered cash worth over Rs 47 lakh. The two bookies were allegedly accepting bets placed on cricket matches going on at the Champions League.

According to information received from reliable sources, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Enforcement, Pravinkumar Patil was working on the raid for the past two weeks. The information was that the racket was going on at Borivali where the bookies were carrying out their activities and were stashing a lot of money. However, the police could find no leads in the area and as such they had to spread out to other nearby places.

The activities of the bookies were finally tracked down in Vile Parle and a raid finally took place in an apartment at Vireshwar Heights, PM Road, in eastern Vile Parle. In the raid conducted on Thursday, the cops caught the two brothers, Bipin and Paresh and their associates, Anil Kamat and Pranay Gandhi red-handed while accepting the bets. The match on which the bets were being placed was a semi-final between Chennai Super Kings and Kings Eleven Punjab.

The cops seized 52 mobiles, four laptops, and Rs 65,000 in Indian currency and Rs 7,70,536 in foreign currency from the flat.

After raiding the flat in Vile Parle, another team of cops raided flat number 1304 in Kent Garden, Factory Lane in Borivali west. Anticipating such a need, this second team was already kept ready in Borivali. This apartment was the residence of Paresh Shah from where, after a thorough search, the police recovered Rs 40,73,150.

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