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ED busts multi-crore World Cup betting scam; nabs two bookies

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has busted a multi-crore international cricket World Cup betting racket and arrested two bookies from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara city, official sources said here on Thursday.

"An ED team nabbed two bookies named Kiran Mala and Tomy Patel, while they were accepting bets on today's cricket World Cup match between Indian and Bangladesh from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara city," a senior official of the probe agency told a news agency.

According to primary investigation, the duo had a Rs 20-crore betting "turnover" during each World Cup match, the official said.

Allegedly, the duo had accepted bets on around 45 World Cup matches so far and hence the betting amount is likely to reach upto Rs 900 crore, the official said.

As per primary investigations, the racket had links with hawala operators in Dubai, the ED official said, adding that the exact figure of the betting racket could be ascertained only after further
investigation.
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