Noida Police have arrested thirty-one people during a raid on a house at Atta village in sector 27, for running a betting racket.
In what police claims to have busted a betting racket running through a website, Satta King from Dubai, a total thirty-one accused were arrested from the house by the police team from Sector 20 police station.
According to the sources around 59 others, involved in the racket, fled the spot. Around 90 people were at the house when the police conducted the raid, but 59 fled the spot as the number of policemen in plain clothes was less. Of those who managed to escape were the prime accused and owner of the racket, Akash and Ravi, and took away with them Rs. 15 lakh. Akash and Ravi are originally from Bihar and have been living in Noida for a long time.
Police have denied any such claims. A Sub-Inspector and a constable were suspended for their alleged involvement with the criminals.
The police team raided the house that belongs to Mahesh Awana, following a tip-off at around 3 p.m on Tuesday and had seized Rs. 1 lakh in cash, 20 mobile phones and many slips used for betting. Bheem, Kishan, Divakar, Arjun, and Sameer were among those arrested and taken to the police station in a bus.
SHO Anil Shahi, elaborating the modus operandi said that the gambling website Satta King, accepted the bet money on a number from 1-100 from the gamblers throughout the day. “The betting would open in Dubai at 5:30 p.m. (IST) and would declare the winners for the day, who would get in touch with Akash and Ravi to receive the prize money”, said Shahi.
As per the reports from sources, the betting racket has been going on in the area for few years, and the police have raided the village many times in the past, and at least twice in February alone.
Meanwhile, the SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar, Love Kumar suspended Atta Chowki in-charge Dharmendra Sharma and constable Mahendra Singh following the reports of on-going betting racket under police protection. SSP Kumar has also ordered a departmental inquiry to find out if they had any role in the racket.