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Hyderabad police bust online cricket betting racket, 4 arrested

Hyderabad, April 10 (IANS) The Cyberabad police have busted an online cricket betting racket with the arrest of four bookies. The police seized Rs 40 lakh and froze five bank accounts worth Rs 3.57 lakh from the accused persons.

Acting on a tip-off, the special operations team (SOT) of Madhapur and Miyapur police arrested the bookies from an apartment at Mathrusri Nagar. Aaluru Trinadh, Manam Rajesh, Bolle Swamy, and Marpenna Ganapathi Rao organised online cricket betting through apps on IPL matches.

The investigation revealed a London-based person named Shakamuri Venkateshwar Rao alias Chinnu, a native of Guntur district, was organizing online cricket betting. The arrested persons from Andhra Pradesh acted as bookies on his behalf.

G. Vineeth, the DCP of Madhapur Zone, urged citizens to report bookies and punters organizing online cricket betting by dialing 100 or through the WhatsApp number 9490617444. The police are cracking down on illegal betting activities, warning offenders of strict action.

The police have sent a clear message that illegal betting activities will not be tolerated, and they are actively monitoring and cracking down on such nefarious practices. The arrest of the four bookies is a significant step towards curbing the menace of online cricket betting in the city. The authorities are determined to root out such illegal activities and maintain law and order.


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