Raipur : Police raided an electronics shop in a Chhattisgarh city and unearthed an inter-state cricket betting racket during the India-Australia one-day international match Wednesday.
Acting on a tip-off, crime branch officials stormed into the shop in Durg, some 40 km from the state capital, and seized Rs.800,000 in cash besides recorders, laptops and other electronic equipment.
“The shop owner Rajesh Jain was operating an inter-state cricket betting racket and he was arrested with documents, electronic items included two laptops and recorders besides Rs.800,000 in cash,” district Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Mishra told reporters in Durg Thursday.
“The 38-yr-old Jain has been arrested and we believe that the betting racket is in millions but a final disclosure can only be made after detailed investigations of data stored in laptops and two mobile phones used for establishing contact with various betting centres,” Mishra said.
Police say Chhattisgarh has emerged as one of the favourite grounds for punters, guided and controlled by the Middle East-based ‘satta’ kings. The betting racket is run through a chain of collection centres set up in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh.