Hindu – With the cricket fever riding high during the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the police have stepped up vigil in areas of the town and elsewhere in the district where several cricket betting rackets thrived in the past.

Summary

  • With the cricket fever riding high during the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the police have stepped up vigil in areas of the town and elsewhere in the district where several cricket betting rackets thrived in the past.
  • Several inter-State gangs operated clandestine rackets in various parts of the district until a major police crackdown 2013 saw 38 punters arrested, apart from dozens of laptops, mobile phones, LED TVs and huge sum of cash being seized.
  • In May last year, sleuths of the Special Operations Team (SOT) busted a major cricket betting racket, arresting 25 members belonging to an inter-State gang at Venkatapuram village in Yerrupalem mandal.
  • Several cricket betting rackets were busted in Sriramnagar in the town in 2012 and Dammapeta in 2016 and at a few other places, sources said.
  • Khammam Police Commissioner Tafseer Iqbal has already constituted a special team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police M.A.


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