Police crack their whip on bookies


NEW DELHI: Indian police are cracking their whip at bookies who are betting illegally on the cricket World Cup in South Africa and who made a killing when the host nation crashed to the West Indies, newspapers said yesterday. 

Bets worth 1.5 million rupees (US$312,500) were placed on Sunday when South Africa took on the less fancied West Indies in the opening rubber, they said. 

The Indian Express newspaper said police had arrested two bookies and recovered three mobile phones, a television set and a diary which listed bets worth 320,000 rupees (US$6,660). 

“Both are small players who used to run the racket with the help of their kingpins in Bombay,” the western commercial hub, the Indian Express quoted police as saying. 

The rates were fixed by people in the Gulf Emirate, Dubai, and passed on to India, the report said. 

Indian police say the betting business during the World Cup is worth around 100 billion rupees (US$2bil). – AFP 

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