Indian Premier League – it is fun for some but for others, its hectic gambling comes what may. Supposed to start six months ago, now IPL kicked off on a low profile note in Abu Dhabi on the 19th of September this year. As usual, like every year, this year also, cricket betting coming out in all purity. Once limited to big cities, it has spread to the countryside with the widespread availability of smartphones and digital apps. With this, betting dens are currently operating in many parts of the country.
Recently, police have uncovered a high-tech betting racket in Vijayawada. A play school in Mughal Rajapuram under Machavaram police station limits, which has been closed due to Covid-19, has been used by the local youths for large scale betting every day using a mobile app called ‘Avatar’. Three suspects including Atluri Ranjit Kumar (33) from West Godavari district, Divi Srinath (39) from Vijayawada, and Paddu Naga Venkatesh (39) have been arrested and are being questioned over betting links.
The police also seized 25 cell phones, a laptop, a TV, and two headset speakers during the raids. The accused pleaded guilty during the integration and the case was registered under the AP Gaming Act. Police said the accused bought a multiple call receiver board from Delhi and were using it for betting.
Vizag is not left behind for these betting activities. Last year, during the IPL session, the Vizag cops arrested six persons on charges of organizing betting in the Gopalapatnam area. After investigations, it’s been revealed that the local punters would divert huge transactions of above Rs 50000 to major cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai are being from Vizag.
Most of the betting rackets busted in the city were being run out of apartments. Gangs from other districts such as East Godavari, West Godavari, and other states run their illegal activities by taking apartments in the city and individual houses in interior villages on rent. Police advised the youth not to fall prey to betting lure during the IPL session.
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