The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Police has busted a cricket betting racket and arrested two alleged bookies from a hotel in Mumbai. The alleged bookies were betting on the second game of the Saturday of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and West Indies.
It was a thriller of a game at the Old Trafford in Manchester as the Kiwis sealed the tie by five runs. Carlos Brathwaite scored a brilliant century but failed to take his side to the winning ways. Previously, Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer played two fine knocks, but it was not enough as New Zealand took the game in the last over. Meanwhile, batting first, New Zealand lost their openers for ducks before Kane Williamson led the charge alongside Ross Taylor.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) ANC, Shivdeep Lande revealed that they had specific information regarding the ongoing betting racket for the ICC World Cup 2019. They raided room no 203 of Hotel Balwas in Khetwadi Grand Road in Mumbai. The DCP revealed that the two arrested bookies were betting from their phone during the match between New Zealand and West Indies.
“After getting specific information regarding the cricket betting racket active for the ongoing cricket World Cup, our team raided the room number 203 of Hotel Balwas in Khetwadi Grant Road, Mumbai,” Lande said.
“We arrested two bookies who were doing betting on their mobile phones for the cricket match between New Zealand vs West Indies yesterday. The accused have been identified as Vishwas Kishan Takalkar and Ajay Kantraj. The former is 51-year-old and resides in Mumbai, while the latter is 24-year-old and is a resident of Bengaluru,” he added.
The Police has seized eight mobile phones worth Rs 1,93,200, one LCD worth Rs 25,000 and Rs 9,470 in cash. We also found a register having the day to day entries since June 12 this year. The Police has registered a case at the DB Marg Police Station under section 4 (a), 5 of the Gambling Act and section 25 (c) of the Indian Telegraph Act.