Six bookies allegedly linked to the IPL betting scandal were arrested by the Goa Police Monday on information provided by Delhi Police. Sources said the bookies are associated with Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi who was among the first set of suspects arrested by Delhi Police.
A Delhi Police team camping in Goa had been tracking the movement of the suspects for the past five days,and had collected CCTV footage from various casinos. One particular casino,where bets on IPL matches were being allegedly placed,was watched especially closely.
The arrested men have been identified as Ketan Chawda,Amit Popat,Ritesh Patel,Paresh Asarpota,Sandeep Asarpota and Nikunj Lallan. All of them belong to Mumbai,and had reportedly fled to Goa immediately after the first set of arrests on the night of May 15.
Delhi Police sources said the six are associates of Ramesh Vyas,whom the Mumbai Crime Branch arrested on May 13. They said the bookies were in touch with bookies abroad through Vyass phone.
Sources said about Rs 26,000 cash,44 mobile phones,four laptops,an apple iPad,an LCD TV,four mobile phone charger boards with 40 connections,a printer,extension boards,three TVs,mobile phone signal boosters and registers with names of punters were recovered from their possession.
Separately,the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested an alleged bookie from Greater Noida and two from Hyderabad. All three were produced before the duty metropolitan magistrate at Saket court late in the evening and remanded in three days police custody.
The man arrested in Greater Noida is Bhupinder Singh Nagar,who had given police the slip when they had gone to arrest him from a hotel in Delhi. The Special Cell had actually run into Nagar,but had failed to recognise him. Police sources said Nagar belonged to a fourth set of bookies that arrested Rajasthan Royals allrounder Ajit Chandila was in touch with.
The two men picked up in Hyderabad have been identified as Sunil Saxena and Saed Durray Ahmed.
Delhi Police sources said the arrested bookies and cricketers have named a few other players allegedly involved in the racket.
We have found something against these players,but dont have enough to arrest them yet. We have crossed the first hurdle,but thats not enough, a senior officer said.
Delhi Police have received raw footage from SET Max of all Rajasthan Royals matches. We need the footage to corroborate disclosures made by the bookies and the players, the officer said.
The police are also on the lookout for three fixers who reportedly acted as conduits between the bookies and the players. Their names emerged during the questioning of Mohd Yahya who was arrested from Hyderabad while he was trying to flee to Dubai.