Bookies can identify more spot fixing cricketers: Delhi Police

Panaji, May 28 (IANS) Six bookies arrested here Monday can identify several Indian Premier league (IPL) cricketers involved in spot fixing, a Delhi Police officer said here Tuesday.

Special Commissioner of Delhi Police, heading the Special Cell, S.N. Srivastava told a national daily that the six arrested bookies could also hold the key to identifying spot fixing cricketers in the IPL.

“During investigation, we got to know about the six bookies who were hiding in Goa. We shared the information with Goa Police, following which they were arrested. They could reveal names of several players,” the newspaper quoted Srivastava a saying.

Srivastava was instrumental in the arrest of Rajashtan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila for spot fixing earlier this month.

He added said that Delhi Police would be interrogating the six bookies, all of whom are from Mumbai. They were arrested from a rented villa in the beach village of Candolim, 15 km from here.

Goa Police said that more arrests are on the cards after laptops, an i-Pad and a handwritten register littered with codes and numbers is deciphered by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to unravel the crime web.

“We could make more arrests after the information is decoded. Right now we have got police remand for the six arrested and we are interrogating them,” Superintendent of Police (North) Vishram Borkar said.

The six bookies Ketan Chavera, Amit Papat, Ritesh Patel, Paresh Asad Kota, Sandeep Asad Kota and Nikunj Lalan, had been camping in Goa for over 45 days accepting bets on matches during the duration of the IPL.

Police said that the bookies had also been accepting wagers on both the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians during the IPL finals.

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