Berhampur: Police have arrested three persons including an engineering student allegedly betting on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches from fastgate area of Berhampur city in Odisha’s Ganjam district.
This is the first interception of IPL betting racket in Ganjam district this year. Last year IPL betting rackets had been busted in the city area on two occasions.
Rs 7.61 lakh cash was seized during the raid on the house of the suspected bookie. The betting racket thrived with the support of cricket crazy fans. The arrested persons are being interrogated to ascertain whether they had larger network with betting agencies active
elsewhere in the country.
Gambling is a popular pastime in these parts of the state. But the IPL betting is a new form of gambling that is spreading fast in these areas, police added.