The Delhi Police Special Cell on Sunday arrested three more bookies,including a former Ranji player,from Aurangabad for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. A fourth bookie who had earlier played for the Railways is also under the scanner and is likely to be arrested soon.
Police said the bookies were mainly in touch with Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila who was arrested with teammates S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan on Thursday. Claiming that Chandila was in touch with four sets of bookies at the same time,police said he may have struck deals for different matches,other than the three Rajasthan Royals matches which are already being probed.
The three who were arrested from Aurangabad at around 5 am today have been identified as Sunil Bhatia,44,Kiran Dole,42,and Manish Guddewar,32 all residents of Nagpur.
According to the police,Guddewar played for Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy from 2003-2005. Prior to 2000,he is reported to have resided in Faridabad and practiced cricket with Chandila who hails from the same area. Police claimed it was Guddewar who arranged the meeting between Chandila,Bhatia and Dole,and they have evidence of the meetings in Mumbai,Delhi and Gurgaon.
The trio,reported to have played an active role in spot-fixing,were produced before a magistrate this afternoon. They are believed to have been working for Ashwini Aggarwal alias Tinku Mandi,who has already been arrested.
Police said they are also probing the role of other former Ranji players. Sources said several other IPL teams and players,including two international cricketers,are under the scanner too.