Betting racket busted, three arrested

Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police, with the arrest of three bookies in the capital, claimed to have busted an inter-state cricket gambling racket here.
The apprehended bookies, who hail from Rajasthan, have been identified as Girija Shankar Sharma, Surya Prakash and Mukesh Bhim. The bookies were allegedly gambling the matches in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.
Acting on tip off, police raided and arrested the gamblers from Satya Nagar area and seized mobile phones, cash, a laptop and registers from them.
“We have arrested three people involved in betting and have seized 10 mobile phones, cash of Rs 1.10 lakh, a laptop and seven registers from them. They used the registers to record the names of the persons participating in the gambling,” DCP Himanshu Lal said.
The gamblers used to bet on each and every ball or over or wicket of a match. They used to record all the information related to gambling in the laptop. The money used in gambling was transacted through bank accounts.
“The betting varied from team to team. We are going through their registers and laptop for more information,” the DCP Lal added.
According to reports, the bookies gambled more than four lakh rupees on India-Australia match yesterday. On the other hand, around Rs 20 lakh was gambled on yesterday’s match in other cities of the state besides Bhubaneswar.
The gamblers would use terms like ‘L’ and ‘K’ to denote loss or win in a gambling. While ‘L’ stands for ‘Liya’ that meant winning the gambling, ‘K’ suggests ‘Khaya’ that indicated loss.
As per sources, around Rs 2 crore have been gambled on the second semifinal match to be played on March 30 between the arch rivals– India and Pakistan.