Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 23 (ANI): The Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai Police (ANC) busted a cricket betting racket and arrested two alleged bookies from a hotel here, police said on Sunday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) ANC, Shivdeep Lande said, "After getting specific information regarding the cricket betting racket active for the ongoing cricket World Cup, our team raided the room number 203 of Hotel Balwas in Khetwadi Grant Road, Mumbai.""We arrested two bookies who were doing betting on their mobile phones for the cricket match between New Zealand vs West Indies yesterday. The accused have been identified as Vishwas Kishan Takalkar and Ajay Kantraj. The former is 51-year-old and resides in Mumbai, while the latter is 24-year-old and is a resident of Bengaluru," he added.
DCP Lande said, "During the raid, we have seized eight mobile phones worth Rs 1,93,200, one LCD worth Rs 25,000 and Rs 9,470 in cash. We also found a register having the day to day entries since June 12 this year... The register shows betting accepted from different bookies for different matches and the amount of betting collected during that period was approximately Rs 14 crores.""A case has been registered at DB Marg Police Station under section 4 (a), 5 of the Gambling Act and section 25 (c) of the Indian Telegraph Act," he added. (ANI)