Indian police arrest six bookies over IPL cricket bets

PANAJI, India, May 27, 2013 (AFP) – Indian police said Monday they have arrested six bookmakers in Goa state who were part of an syndicate betting on Indian Premier League cricket matches. This year’s IPL tournament ended on Sunday night. The tournament has been reeling from a spot-fixing scandal which has led to the arrest of three cricketers and 11 bookies. It was not immediately clear if the Goa arrests were linked to the other case.

“We have arrested six persons in connection with cricket betting activity,” Goa’s deputy inspector general O.P. Mishra told AFP, adding that investigations are still in progress.

A senior officer said the bookies were all from Mumbai but had been in Goa for the last 45 days — since the IPL tournament began — staying in a rented apartment. The arrests were made in a joint operation with Delhi police.

“We are interrogating the persons who were arrested earlier in the day. Whether they are linked to any greater syndicate, underworld or any player in IPL would be known only later,” the officer said, declining to be named.

The police were expected to address a press conference later on Monday to reveal the names of the accused.

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