Four people have been arrested by the Goa police for placing bets on Pakistan Super League matches, according to officials. The police also recovered Rs 3 lakh from individuals taking illegal bets.
The police identified the people as Surinder Swaroop Karla, Rajat Karla, Kashish Karla and Hitesh Karla. According to Hindustan Times, the four were taking bets for customers in Delhi during the live cricket matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
During the raid on February 26, the four individuals were taking bets on the game between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi.
Superintendent of police Nidhin Valsan said, “The bets accepted from the customers was INR 3 lakh for the said match. They were operating gambling activity using mobile phones; all the five mobiles worth Rs. 2 lakh were attached.”
The raid is also one of the most recent in a series of crackdowns as part of an effort to stop illicit gambling and the undercover operation of gaming establishments with patrons from across the nation in the state.
In other parts of New Delhi, 16 more gamblers were arrested for running gambling operations in Dakshinpuri. The police seized more than Rs 60,000 in cash from the Individuals.
The PSL teams were recently spotted promoting illegal offshore betting, despite betting and other related activities being illegal in Pakistan. Wolf777News, 1xBAT, BJ Sports and MelBat were among the surrogate brands that the teams were promoting.
An executive in an advertising firm in Pakistan said, “This year, betting advertisement has become more prominent, and no one cares because everyone is looking to earn from the PSL. It is also happening in international cricket and other leagues.”