Illegal Betting Scandal Ring Busted in Surat

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Illegal Betting Scandal Ring Busted in Surat

| Updated: October 4, 2022 15:53

In connection with an illegal betting ring busted in Surat—in which the police had earlier arrested some accused—the police today arrested another accused taking the total number of those arrested to four. All the accused have been remanded to five days’ custody.

Those arrested have been identified as Harish alias Kamlesh Jariwala Sunil Chaudhary (resident of Subhash Nagar, Limbayat), Rishikesh Adhikar Shinde (resident of Gangotri Nagar, Limbayat), Huzefa Kaushar Makasarwala residing at Station Road Lakkadkot, Zaini Complex, and Raj Dineshkumar Shah, a native of Morwada village of Banaskantha and currently residing in Gopipura Chandanbagh district of Surat.

The accused had created a dummy firm on the basis of a fake Aadhaar card, PAN card and Gumastadhara. Through this dummy firm, they would collect and pay the amount lost by speculators in the illegal betting ring at the international level. The police suspect that the entire illegal betting network is being operated from Dubai by two men—Kishan and Amit.

The main man was operating the entire network based on SIM cards of Ukraine and as per his requirement. During investigations, it was found that 55 dummy bank accounts were created in which speculative financial transactions were carried out. Investigations also unearthed 53 debit cards, 30 fake Aadhaar cards, 8 PAN cards, 58 SIM cards, 17 lease agreements, and five clerk licenses.

A team of the Economic Offenses Prevention Branch and SOG unearthed a nationwide network facilitating dummy bank accounts for online speculation under the guise of an online outfit named Shiv Enterprises in Dindoli Rajmahal Mall, Shop No. 119.

Police Commissioner Ajay Tomar said that during the investigation, the police found a total of Rs 1,218 crore worth of transactions were received through the dummy accounts. But given the wide network of the racket, the figure could be higher, he said. Police said a thorough investigation will be carried out to reveal who made these transactions. 

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