New IPL sea­son brings new tech­nol­ogy to aid or­gan­ised bet­ting

Millennium Post - - CITY - AB­HAY SINGH

NEW DELHI: As a new sea­son of the In­dian Pre­mier League is un­der­way, bet­ting sea­son has started in the Cap­i­tal; this time more or­gan­ised than ever, us­ing soft­ware for main­tain­ing data­base of il­le­gal money used for bet­ting in the tour­na­ment. The rev­e­la­tions came to light af­ter Delhi Po­lice ar­rested three men from Shah­dara on Satur­day.

The ac­cused were iden­ti­fied as Nikhil Goyal, Dheeraj and Shekhar Gandhi, all res­i­dents of Shah­dara district.

Po­lice also re­cov­ered 11 mo­bile phones and one lap­top from the house where the trio was ar­rested.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials have been con­duct­ing a drive at more than seven places in the district for a week to crack down on the il­le­gal gam­bling net­work.

“Gandhi was pre­vi­ously in­volved in a snatch­ing case,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tor told Mil­len­nium Post that the gang was us­ing bet­ting as­sis­tant soft­ware to main­tain records of the clients in­volved in the il­le­gal busi­ness.

“In this soft­ware, the ac­cused would en­ter names of the peo­ple who were call­ing them to place bets. The soft­ware main­tained the record of the money trail of ev­ery per­son,” said the in­ves­ti­ga­tor, adding that the soft­ware did not re­quire a lot of man­power and could be eas­ily han­dled by one per­son.

The ar­rests were made by Shah­dara district po­lice and no money was re­cov­ered from the ac­cused.

“There is a pos­si­bil­ity that on match day, they did not keep money and the next day, sent their col­lec­tion agents to dif- fer­ent peo­ple for col­lec­tion. An­other pos­si­bil­ity is that the ac­cused wanted to take or give money af­ter the tour­na­ment. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing from all an­gles and things will be clear out once the probe is over,” said the po­lice of­fi­cial.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (Shah­dara) Nupur Prasad said they have launched a drive against gam­bling, dur­ing which as many as 50 per­sons have been ar­rested from sev­eral ar­eas.

“Dur­ing the drive, a to­tal of 50 gam­blers were ar­rested by Shah­dara district po­lice, within a week and Rs. 58,100 was re­cov­ered, along with bet­ting ar­ti­cles, from their pos­ses­sion. In this re­gard, to­tal 11 cases have been regis­tered in Shah­dara District,” said the DCP.

Sources claimed that more than seven places were iden­ti­fied and the raid led to im­me­di­ate ar­rests.

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Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials have been con­duct­ing a drive at more than seven places for a week to crack down on gam­bling

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