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Delhi cops find link to betting lords in Gulf

The Delhi police on Friday reportedly managed to establish the first direct link of the Dubai-based Mumbai underworld with the IPL betting syndicate. The special cell on Friday morning arrested a 45-year-old bookie from Hyderabad airport minutes before he was to board a flight to Dubai. Identified as Mohammed Ahya, alias Yusuf, the notorious bookie had started of as a spot boy in Bollywood.

What led the police to Yusuf was a tip-off from one of the arrested bookies, Chandresh Patel. ‘During Patel’s questioning, we were given a description that a fair, heavily-built man in his mid-40s is involved in the racket. We got to know his name is Yusuf and also got his mobile number. It was difficult to spot him. He had checked in and got immigration clearance also. We scanned through the data and later found him in the security hold area. There was only a few minutes left for him to board the plane,’ the Delhi police said.

Yusuf was quizzed by senior special cell officers soon after he was brought to Delhi following which another team left for Hyderabad to nab more culprits on Yusuf’s tip-off. While Yusuf has revealed that he was in touch with several players across franchises, he has also given some insight into their handlers operating from the Gulf. Sources said the police have identified a few Dubai phone numbers from Yusuf’s phone which was confiscated.


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