Berhampur Police Nabs Online IPL Betting Kingpin From Kolkata

Berhampur: In a major success to Berhampur Police, it has nabbed the kingpin of an online cricket betting racket from Kolkata, informed police on Friday.

Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra informed that the accused identified as Dinesh Kumar Rathi (46) was the stockist and he had many distributors or business agents, some of whom had been arrested by Berhampur Police in October last year.

The distributors created panels, or ID and passwords, after receiving administrator rights from betting sites and used to distribute them down the line.

Dinesh, who is a businessman in Kolkata, was under the scanner of Berhampur Police.

After an effort of nearly five months, a special team of Gosaninuagoan IIC and Cyber Cell Inspector conducted a raid on Thursday and apprehended him from Sovaram Basak Street under Posta Police Station in Kolkata.

After nabbing him, they produced Dinesh before the Court of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata, which allowed the police to take him on a five-day transit remand.

The SP informed that Police is now investigating Dinesh’s criminal antecedents. A laptop and other electronic gadgets seized from his possession will be sent for forensic analysis.

During the investigation, a number of bank accounts of Dinesh were frozen having a deposit of Rs 72.96 lakh. Meanwhile, police will forward him to court today and request a three-day remand.

Earlier during the investigation, five distributors namely R Lalie Acharya, K Prashant Kumar Subudhi, Vishal Agarwal, Ajaya Kumar Panda, Sanjit Kumar Behera and one seller Ajit Kumar Barada alias Badal had been arrested.

Police had seized Rs 30 lakh, mobile phones, SIM cards, ATM cards, PAN cards, motor vehicle as well as screenshot from the mobile phone handset used for facilitating online IPL betting from their possession.

Several bank accounts having deposit of Rs 5,29,26,499.69 have also been frozen. Investigation of the case is still in progress.

Pinak Mishra, SP, Berhampur