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Hyderabad Police in Hyderabad have busted a major cricket betting racket spread over four states and arrested 13 people.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy told reporters on Wednesday that searches were conducted in three places in the city on Tuesday while a Test match was going on between South Africa and Bangladesh. crkk

Police found that the accused were involved in a betting racket spread over Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

He said Rs.26.48 lakh in cash and several communication equipments were seized during the raids.

The seized material includes four line boxes with CDMA cell phones, nine land phones, six laptops, three TV sets and 36 cell phones.

The searches were conducted by the Commissioner’s Task Force (East Zone Team).

“This is an organised cricket betting racket where Satya Prakash Jindal alias Nikku, popularly called Nikku Bhai, organises betting in four states along with his associates,” the police commissioner said.

“He has several sub-bookies with whom he shares information over cell phones and accepts betting,” the commissioner added.

Nikku was accepting cricket bets over phones from sub-bookies and punters and was also providing phone connections to share updated betting rates to other bookies in Hyderabad and other states on commission basis.

He recruited seven people from Haryana, Rajastan and Punjab on a monthly salary basis to receive phone calls and betting rates information from punters and upload these and assist them during the matches, the police chief said.

Three cases were registered in Sultanbazar, Shahinayatgunj and Ramgopalpet police stations.

IANS

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War of Words Between Associations, Irks Ganguly

"The CAB had done nothing about it for a long time. For the pair, it was business as usual till the letter came and stirred a hornet's nest," a source close to the development said.

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Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity. Flickr
Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity. Flickr

An anonymous letter has triggered a war words between Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) ombudsman Ushanath Banerjee and state board President Sourav Ganguly over alleged conflict of interest of selectors Palash Nandy and Madan Ghosh.

Banerjee had received an anonymous letter a few days back which pointed out that senior selection panel chief Nandy was associated with a cricket coaching camp.

Further, it alleged that Ghosh, who moved from the senior to junior selection recently was both associated with a coaching camp and had also represented White Border Club in CAB meetings previously.

“The CAB had done nothing about it for a long time. For the pair, it was business as usual till the letter came and stirred a hornet’s nest,” a source close to the development said.

Ganguly shot off a letter, a copy of which was circulated to the media, asking Banerjee not to pay heed to such cases since the complainant did not reveal his or her identity.

“The Cricket Association of Bengal will not entertain any such anonymous communication and as such you being an important part of the organisation should follow the same. I feel you are not entitled to give any reply,” Ganguly wrote.

"You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue," Banerjee wrote to Ganguly. Flickr
“You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue,” Banerjee wrote to Ganguly. Flickr

Banerjee hit back within hours using strong language. The four-page rejoinder was also circulated to the media.

Banerjee rejected the former India captain’s diktat, saying: “it is widely acknowledged that in the interest of maintaining transparency, organisations world over take cognizance of anonymous information.”

To butress his point, he cited in the letter examples of cases where the judiciary has acted on the basis of anonymous information.

“You have been incorrectly advised by persons without any homework being done and based on mere knowledge in the subject matter in issue,” Banerjee wrote to Ganguly.

“I humbly request you to kindly point out the said policy of CAB, as referred in your letter, and the date when so adopted,” the reply read.

Also Read: Sourav Ganguly receives Death threat in a Letter warning him against attending Vidyasagar University’s Cricket meet in Midnapore

When contacted, the senior advocate gave an impression that the issue had been resolved but did not want to be quoted on any further action. (IANS)

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