Four held for betting in Kalyan

Four people were arrested on Monday for allegedly accepting bets on the India-Sri Lanka cricket match on Sunday night.

A raid was conducted jointly by the Khadakpada Police and the Unit III of the Thane Crime Branch in a residential building on Gandhari Road in Kalyan. “We had received information that a gang with international links was operating from one of the flats. Four suspects were detained, and 15 cell phones, two laptops, six notebooks, and INR 100,000 were recovered,” said an officer attached to the Thane Crime Branch.

The suspects, identified as Hiralal Talreja, his son Kunal, his brother Mahesh Talreja, and their associate Kamlesh Lakhiyani, were taken to the Unit III office. The call records of the cell phones were examined, and the police found that the four had consistently been taking calls from various parts of the State for the entire duration of the match.

The four were questioned, and after preliminary inquiries, Police booked them under the Maharashtra Gambling Act, Indian Telegraph Act, and the Information Technology Act. They were arrested on Monday morning.

“The accused would accept bets from punters based in Thane district and neighbouring areas, and place bets through an online portal. An analysis of their call records has revealed that they made numerous calls to a Dubai-based number registered to one Jatin at frequent intervals. We suspect that their leader is based in Dubai and was communicating the rates to them based on developments in the match,” the officer said. Owing to the Dubai connection, a possible link between the accused and underworld gangs is being probed. Apart from Jatin, an accused identified as Deepak Talreja is wanted in the case.

Police are also working on identifying the people who placed the bets, and they have received inputs to indicate that the arrested quartet is part of a larger network of bookies, which accepts bets on ongoing cricket tournaments.

“The professional set-up of the racket indicates that the accused have been active for quite some time, and we are finding out how long they were operating from the building in Kalyan. Such racketeers keep changing their base every tournament. Some gangs even shift bases every few matches in order to avoid being apprehended,” an officer said.

(The Hindu)

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