Guwahati: The Basistha Police here along with the Crime Branch of Assam Police busted a betting racket allegedly associating with the ongoing Indian Premier League here and arrested of two bookies on Tuesday evening.
The incident came to light during an operation by the Crime Branch, where two alleged bookies were arrested from a grocery shop named ‘New Store’ in the Basistha area of Guwahati. The arrested have been identified as Ravi and Rinku.
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Reportedly, the investigation team found about the alleged IPL betting in the store after they were tipped off about the same from intelligence sources.
The Assam Police have been massively successful against the gamblers and the bookies of IPL, in the past couple of weeks.
The Assam Police in Bongaigaon district conducted raids and search operations against IPL bookies and successfully busted a betting racket on Sunday, recovering around five lakh rupees.
Meanwhile, the Jorhat Police arrested three persons in connection with illegal betting on the current season of the IPL from Titabor last week, where the police recovered notebooks, mobile phones, and cash worth Rs. 1,04,100.
The Indian Premier League is underway in the UAE in a bio-secure bubble. Police in different states are actively investigating several organised illegal betting groups. The perpetrators operate in utmost secrecy working in trusted circles, making it difficult for the police to track. According to top police sources, organised rings operate from obscure towns with the help of local administration in some instances.
Last month, two betting rackets were busted in the country—the first in Bengaluru where the police arrested three persons. In the second incident, the Jaipur Police arrested three persons, for allegedly betting on the ongoing IPL.
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