IPL betting busted; 2 held from hotel where teams were staying
A day after the Gujarat Lions-Delhi Daredevils IPL clash here, police have arrested three people who were allegedly running a betting racket from inside the same hotel where the two teams were staying.
On Wednesday night when the match was on at Green Park stadium, the BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) initiated action on information that a betting racket was being run from Landmark Hotel, Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said.
Two people were arrested from a room on the 17th floor of the city's only five-star hotel, which is located near to the stadium. They have been identified as Nayan Shah, a native of Maharashtra, and Vikas Kumar, who belongs to Pukhrayan from adjoining Kanpur Dehat district, he said.
Ramesh Kumar, the third accused in the racket, was arrested from the Green Park stadium and works as a sub- contractor in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), the SSP said. According to the police, Kumar used to stay at the stadium and send pitch reports to his two associated at the hotel.
Based on the inputs about the pitch, Shah and Vikas used to take the bets, he said, adding close-shot pictures of the pitch were found from the mobile phone seized from Kumar. Superintendent of Police (City) Gaurav Grover said Rs 4.90 lakh, four mobile phones and a laptop were recovered from the three men.
The trio is being interrogated for other details, the SP said, adding the police were also trying to find out how they got rooms in the hotel where the cricketers were staying. Police were also questioning the staffers of the Landmark Hotel in this regard.