The Tamil Nadu police have busted a betting ring that was active during the IPL season and arrested six persons. Cellphones,cash,computers and other equipment were seized in the extensive raids held across Chennai late Thursday night. But police said the arrested persons were not fixers,and do not appear to have any connection with players.
As the Delhi police exposed a spot-fixing racket involving the underworld,bookies and the players,officials here received a tip off from a betting enthusiast who lost money about a betting ring that was functioning in the city.
The Crime Branch CID formed special teams that searched 13 premises across the city and uncovered a well-established group that took bets while the IPL matches were on.
One of the premises that was searched was found to be a full-fledged office with computers,staff,about 12 mobile phones,landline phones and other equipment,and Rs 14 lakh in cash that was to be distributed to the winning punters. The bookies here were given the figures from Delhi based on which they accepted bets. We have found the identity of the person in Delhi, said S Rajeswari,SP,CB CID,refusing to elaborate. The police first received a tip off that Harish Bajaj of Choolaimedu was an important member of a betting racket.
The information was first provided by those who were allegedly cheated by Bajaj. The bookies gave false hope that they have information about the outcome of the match. There were at least 4-5 complaints that they failed to pay money even to those who won the bets, said an official.
After tracking his calls and activities,the police detained Bajaj. From the information he provided during interrogation,police arrested Virudachalam alias Vedachalam who allegedly ran the office,and four other bookies from across Chennai.