The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Thursday allegedly busted a major cricket betting racket in Kandivali. According to Crime Branch officers,two bookies identified as Sonu Jalan and Devendra Kothari were arrested along with four others.
We raided a betting den in Kandivali on Thursday and arrested six including Sonu and Kothari who are major bookies. We also seized 22 mobile phones,two laptops,two voice recorders,eight speakers and LCD TVs. The accused were accepting bets on Indian Premier League matches, said a Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.Crime Branch officers said Sonu had escaped during a raid on two flats in Lokhandwala in October 2011. Besides Jalan,Suresh Nagri,alias Junior Kolkata,allegedly one of the most notorious bookies in the country,had escaped with five others. The police had then arrested eight alleged bookies,and seized Rs 1.02 crore and 123 mobile phones.