Betting: An organised racket in city
New Delhi: It took only a small room, mobile phones and laptops for the gamblers to run an organised betting racket in the city. The recent Delhi Police data reveals that in one and a half year, as many as 2,371 cases under gambling act registered in various police stations.
The Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in the current year (till May), as many as 980 cases registered whereas last year, nearly 1,391 were reported.
Apart from betting, the following cases include gambling through cards or through other ways.
The data further revealed as many as 3,347 persons nabbed in 2019. Last year, 5,707 accused were arrested after they were found involved in different types of gambling.
It has also revealed that last year, Rs 2.06 crore and in current year, Rs 1.10 have been recovered so far.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that they take stern actions to curb gambling in the city. "After receiving information related to betting, we conduct raids. In the past, we have arrested several persons involved in the illegal activity. If we found or get information regarding gambling in open, strict actions is being taken," said Madhur Verma.
According to investigators in city police, to run betting rackets, the punters took small rooms. They distribute common phone number among the bookies and clients who place bets.
"The gamblers took a line system for gambling. They are in regular touch with other bookies and also get ball by ball details," added the investigator.
Another investigator said that they use betting software to maintain records of the clients. "Bookies have also links outside the country," added investigator.
Betting through online games?
The investigators are also probing a fact that whether through online games bets are being placed. "It is being suspected that clients and bookies might be connected to each other through games. They chat during the game and place money. Although we have not found any such cases but these facts are being probed," an officer said.
Apart from betting, auto-lifters are also using social media to contact with their receiver, added police.