Deccan Chronicle

BOOKIES BET ON COVID LOCKDOWN IN STATE

Bets being placed on infection rate, death toll

- NAVEEN KUMAR | DC

Bookies are busy cashing in on the lockdown fears. They are betting on whether or not the state government will impose a fresh lockdown. As per the latest buzz, May 2 is the date of interest for the bookies.

Speaking about the betting rackets in the city, P. Radhakrish­na Rao, DCP of the Commission­er’s Task Force, said they were cracking down on the cricket betting crowd since the IPL season began.

● AS PER latest buzz, May 2 is date of interest for bookies.

● COPS ARE cracking down on the cricket betting crowd since the IPL season began.

● CITY COPS are monitoring all the cyber operations

Bookies are busy cashing in on the lockdown fears. They are betting on whether or not the state government will impose a fresh lockdown. As per the latest buzz, May 2 is the date of interest for the bookies.

Speaking about the betting rackets in the city, P. Radhakrish­na Rao, DCP of the Commission­er’s Task Force, said they were cracking down on the cricket betting crowd since the IPL season began. “We have booked six people in three cases for the IPL betting. As this is more organised, we are able to detect and bust the rings easily.”

“Those betting on lockdown prediction­s are, however, unorganise­d and it happens either as a one-to-one case or in lessorgani­sed manner, making it difficult for us to track, trace and arrest them,” said the official.

Those who place bets on matches and games said since the Covid-19 pandemic has forced cancellati­on of sporting events, bets are now being placed on the dates of a likely lockdown, the infection rate, the death toll etc.

“Usually the money placed on lockdown dates has a longer-term validity. Short-term bets included infection and death counts in different cities. During the initial lockdown phase, the public was mostly placing their bets on when the restrictio­ns would be lifted. If the odds are in favour of Coronaviru­s, it means you are betting that the cases will rise or the lockdown will continue,” said a punter who placed bets in the last few months.

City police officials said that apart from keeping an eye on the usual punters and betting hubs during the IPL season, they are on the lookout for those placing bets on lockdown restrictio­ns as well. “We do not know how the nature of betting has changed after the pandemic, but we will continue the crackdown against such crime networks. Our teams are monitoring all the cyber operations,” police officials said.

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