Bangalore police busts betting racket, arrests bookie

Bangalore, Feb 25 (PTI) Police today claimed to havebusted a cricket betting racket here involving World Cupmatches with the arrest of three persons, including anotorious bookie, and seizure of Rs 20 lakh in cash.

Bookie Ravi Fighter (39) and his associates Vipul Chowbe(28) and Vinod (27) were arrested during a raid in Vyalikavalarea following information that they were indulging inbetting, Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said.

Police seized Rs 20 lakh, which had been collected fromthe punters, who had placed bets during the matches inthe past one week

"25 mobile phones, a laptop, sim cards, with details ofpersons and amount involved in betting were also seized fromthem, Bidari said.

Two vehicles were also seized and the value of the totalproperty seized was over Rs one crore, he said.

Bidari said the bookie had hired two security guardsto protect him. The guards were in possession of two .32revolvers with 12 rounds, which have also been seized.

Investigations revealed that Ravi was in touch with otherbookies in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi and would regularlyconduct transactions with them.

According to police, the betting rates changed for everymatch and sometimes even on hourly basis.

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