The Kanpur police on Monday unearthed a betting racket and arrested six bookies having alleged links with London-based kingpins who used to decide over the betting rates on IPL matches.
The bookies were caught after the police intercepted international calls made by the accused during the IPL final match held on Sunday,said Yashasvi Yadav,Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police.
He said they have seized the recordings of conversations between these bookies and the kingpins in London and other parts of India,which took place since the IPL had begun. The conversation was recorded by the bookies on the voice-recorder of their mobilephones for the purpose of keeping evidence of the betting rates,he added.
Yadav also said that the conversations included those of Sonu Jaipur,DK and one Jiju,who could be those arrested recently in spot-fixing.
The bookies were arrested from Darshanpurwa locality in Fazalganj area early on Monday. The police recovered over Rs 8.83 lakh in cash,two laptops and 19 mobile phones being used in the betting. A diary containing names of the big clients was also recovered.
The police said the mobile phones of main accused Ashok Kumar Gupta and Ashok Kumar Shivkani,both,of Darshanpurwa locality had been put on surveillance for the last one week following a tip-off.
The police recorded conversations between the two accused and bookies in London and other parts of India while other accused used to receive calls from citys leading businessmen,contractors and some government officials.
Regarding the final match of IPL,the police recorded the conversation made by Gupta to London inquiring about the rates and fixing the prices. The police kept recording the conversation till the match ended last night and raided the place in front of Guptas house,where he along with other gang members were engaged in the act,added the SSP.
Others arrested include Ashok Kumar Shivkani and his relatives Rinku and Neeraj and Ramesh Chand,all residents of Darshanpurwa locality.
Station Officer (SO) of Fazalganj police station,Anil Shahi said that more arrests will be made from other districts.