The Bangalore city police have arrested nine persons and seized Rs 19.27 lakh cash following simultaneous raids on three cricket betting syndicates in the city on Monday night. The syndicates were operating around Bangalore during the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) held at Chennai on Monday.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police carried out the raids on three syndicates and arrested six persons. According to the CCB police, the three syndicates they raided were in touch with each other and are linked to a Mumbai-based bookie identified as Rakesh. The CCB investigation has revealed the use of Hawala channels for money transactions by the betting syndicates.
The biggest seizures for the CCB were from its raid on a house at Teachers colony where Rs 12.08 lakh in cash was seized following the arrest of B Gajendra. One of the raids was at a gym located in JP Nagar where four persons were arrested. They were identified as Himamshu, 60, Sathish Gowda, 40, Rakesh Prakash, 35 and Praveen 35.
Police seized Rs 5.3 lakh in cash from them. In the third CCB raid one Girish, 30, running a betting syndicate at Saraswathipuram near Nandini Layout was arrested and Rs 1.71 lakh in cash, a mobile and a television were seized from him.
Meanwhile, the Kadugodi police from the Bangalore south-east division reported conducting a raid during the RCB and KKR match on May 2 and arresting three persons. The accused were identified as Syed Iliaz, 33, Siddiq, 29 and Arif Pasha, 29, all three residents of Koramangala. The police seized Rs 18,000 in cash.