Cyberabad Police Burst Three Betting Rackets

Hyderabad, May 10 (Maxim News): Three interstate online betting rackets related to the Indian Premier League (IPL) were busted by the Special Operations Team (SOT) in Cyberabad.

M. Stephen Raveendra, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad said this at a media meet that the operation resulted in the seizure of almost INR 1.84 crore in cash and frozen bank accounts, as well as 36 mobile phones, three laptops, one tab, and one Jio router.

The SOT arrested seven bookies and filed three criminal cases, one each in the RGIA, Rajendranagar, and Narsingi police stations. The accused were involved in betting activities using apps such as, Radhe Exchange, Cricket Live Guru, and National Exchange9/

The SOT apprehended Podapati Narsing Rao, a sub-bookie, with the help of the SOT Shamshabad and RGIA police station teams. Rao’s main bookies were Ganapathi Reddy of Bangalore and Srinivas Raju of East Godavari, both of whom are absconding. Narsing Rao was providing access to punters in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka states, he said.

Payments were made through PhonePe, Google Pay, Paytm, and cash. The police seized INR 60 lakh in net cash, INR 32 lakh frozen in bank accounts, and two mobile phones. All property seized was worth INR 92 lakh.

The SOT and Rajendranagar police team caught Vegesina Ravi Raju, the main bookie, and sub-bookie Bhupatiraju Prasad Raju while they were organizing online cricket betting through Radhe Exchange and Cricket Live Guru in Bandlaguda Jagir of Rajendranagar, commissioner added.

The main bookie gave access to the app to the sub-bookie, who then provided access to punters. The accused were organizing betting in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Payments were made through PhonePe, Google Pay, Paytm, and cash. The police seized INR 71.5 lakh in net cash, INR 7.37 lakh frozen in bank accounts, 17 mobile phones, and two laptops. The value of all the property seized was INR 81 lakh.

The SOT and Narsingi police team caught sub-bookies K. Vinod Kumar and Srikanth Reddy. Both were providing access to online cricket betting apps like National Exchange9/ from the main bookie, Lingam, who was absconding. The sub-bookies provided users with a name and password to bet money on the outcome of the match. All transactions were made online through PhonePe, Google Pay, Paytm, and cash. The police seized INR 7.52 lakh in net cash, 17 mobile phones, one tab, one Jio router, and one laptop. The value of all property seized was INR 11 lakh, he further added.

The police have issued an advisory cautioning people to be vigilant of the lure of making quick money through digitalization, as it can lead to constant addiction and ultimately only benefits bookies while punters lose their money.

The police have also warned people to be careful while using mobile apps such as Radhe Exchange, Cricket Live Guru, Bet 365, MPL, Betway, Drearn Guru, my 11 Circle, bet 365, Coral, Bwin, 777 Bet, Dafabet, Winner, Cricket Betting 2020, Just Bet, Betfred, and Lotus Cricket Line.

Additionally, people should be aware of the potential for cyber theft of data from bank accounts and other personal information that may result in unauthorized money transfers.

The above arrests were made under the supervision of M. Stephen Raveendra, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad. (Maxim News)

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