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Vikash Sharma

Berhampur: Months of hard work finally paid off for the Berhampur Police when they managed to lay their hands on Dinesh Rathi the mastermind of a major Indian Premier League (IPL) betting syndicate in Odisha, on Thursday.

Top police sources said Rathi was nabbed in Kolkata yesterday and brought to Berhampur where he has been remanded to police custody till Tuesday.

Earlier Rathi was produced before the Court of Kolkata Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Thursday where his transit remand was granted.

Sources said Rathi with the help of his associates in Berhampur and other parts of the State was operating the massive IPL betting racket in Odisha.

Rathi was on the run after the Behrampur police busted the betting syndicate in October last year by rounding up some of its key operatives.


Those included Lalie Achari, a close aide of Rathi, and four others.

Preliminary investigations carried out by the Berhampur police following the arrest of the five members in the IPL betting syndicate revealed that the conduits were in close touch with bookies across major cities in the country as well as Dubai.

Achari was allegedly in close touch with bookies in different parts of the country including Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai, police had revealed.

However, the mastermind of the sly operation, Rathi, managed to give police the slip until his hideout in Kolkata was busted during a swoop on Thursday.

The IPL betting racket in Berhampur used to collect money through several Apps and websites and the entire operation was being operated online. This had initially created problems for the police in carrying out a detailed investigation to bust the entire IPL betting racket.

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