As the historic pink ball test match between India and Bangladesh progressed, police has arrested three punters for live betting using a mobile app from inside the stands. Police also arrested two individuals from a hotel in Sudder Street of the city, who were managing the betting.
The three punters arrested from the stadium were identified as Mukesh Gare, Sambhu Dayal & Chetan Sharma.
“We had a tip-off that there was a live betting taking place among some spectators at the Eden Gardens while watching the Test match. Our officers were keeping eyes open at blocks F1 & G1. And after prolonged watch they arrested three persons from the galleries,” the IPS officer said.
“Grilling the three, our officers arrested Abhishek Suwalka, Ayub Ali from the hotel from where they were operating the betting,” he added.
“We have started a probe into the matter and trying to find out whether they are part of any big betting racket or not, he said, adding that a specific case under relevant sections of the IPC, and West Bengal Gambling Act was registered at the Maidan Police Station.
The police seized ₹140,000 in cash, six mobile phones and a laptop from the hotel.