Bookie held from Jaipur hospital

Jul 09, 2013, 00:54 IST | A Correspondent

Four days after nabbing top bookie Shoban Mehta alias Shoban Kalachowkie from Goa, the property cell of the Mumbai's Crime Branch have netted another big fish

Jaipur-based bookie Rakeshchand Ratanchand Gangwal alias Rakesh Jaipur was arrested in Jaipur yesterday for his role in the IPL-6 betting scandal. Police were on the lookout for Gangwal, Sanjay and Pavan Jaipur who are absconding, after the spot-fixing racket broke out in May. 

“We had received information that Gangwal was admitted to a Jaipur hospital and based on the tip, we picked him up,” said Nitin Patil, assistant police inspector of the property cell.

According to the police, Crime Branch teams, under the guidance of Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Himanshu Roy, had made several trips to Jaipur earlier in search of the wanted five bookies.

“Gangwal had taken five telephone lines from bookie Ramesh Vyas, who used to run the telephone exchange for bookies and was arrested earlier by the property cell. Gangwal used the five telephone lines -- three for Dubai and two to Pakistan -- to communicate with punters and bookies, which means that he was in regular touch with them,” said Nandkumar Gopale, police inspector of property cell. With Gangwal’s arrest, the cops hope to get crucial information on the bookies operating from Pakistan and Dubai.

The police had earlier arrested Vindu Dara Singh and CSK CEO Gurunath Meiyappan in the same case. 

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