With Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 only in its second week, has run into controversy after four men were nabbed for illegal betting over IPL 10 matches by police. A team of cops from the Bharati Vidyapeeth Police Station raided a farmhouse near Mumbai-Bangalore highway and arrested four bookies, who were betting on Sunday’s match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Police earlier got a tip that a gang of bookies was operating from a farmhouse in Jambhulwadi. Police have seized a television, a few mobile phone and cash from the bookies. The four bookies have been have been recognized as Rajesh Kantibhai Kakkad from Gujarat, Sanjay Natwarlal Shah, a resident of Padmawati, Vijay Mohan Taware from Nana Peth and Dattatraya Chandrakant Jagtap, a resident of Dhankawadi.
Sub-inspector Uttam Budgude told Mumbai Mirror: “We got a tip-off that a gang of bookies were betting on an IPL match near Jambhulwadi. Based on the information, we raided the farmhouse and caught these four accused red-handed while they were contacting various people on the phone and betting.”
These four people allegedly started place bets since the commencement of IPL 10 on April 5. Speaking on their modus operandi, “Kakkad hails from Gujarat and came to Pune through Shah, who is also a bookie. Jagtap joined them through Taware, who owns the farm … The money was being transferred to various bank accounts. These bookies were supposed to get 20 per cent of the amount collected. After the betting, they had plans to meet other people at an unknown destination where they were going to collect money from those people.”