IPL Betting: 14 arrested in Goa

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As the enthralling action of the IPL 2023 is continuing to entertain the cricketing fans all around the world, betting has moved parallelly. For the unversed, the Goa Police arrested as many as 14 people in Porvorim, North Goa for betting during an IPL game on Thursday, April 27.

The accused were found to be residents of Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, namely Pravin Rajput, Rajan Dube, Pankaj Chaure, Ankit Chaudihar, Nanda Kishan, Kesham Kumar, Jagdish Verma, Ranjit Gedam, Jyotiprakash, Kawal Singh, Mohit Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Nitish Pandey, and Ayaz Khan.

Superintendent of Police Nidhin Valsan confirmed the news. He mentioned that Goa Police arrested individuals after they were caught in the act of betting during a game between Rajasthan and Chennai, which took place on Thursday, April 27.

“All accused persons were caught red-handed while accepting bets on the ongoing 20-20 IPL Cricket match played between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings and seized from their possession cash of Rs 38,000, 47 mobile phones, one laptop, three LED TVs, three net routers, three set-top boxes, one router modem and other gaming electrical accessories all worth of Rs 25,38,000,” Valsan was saying as quoted by daijiworld.

Online Betting on a roll during the IPL

This is not the first case that has been busted related to cricket betting during the cash-rich league. In fact, online betting has not been uncommon ever since its inception. Many illegal and offshore betting sites operate freely in India despite strict regulations imposed by the government authorities.

With restrictions being imposed over television and digital advertisements, online betting platforms collaborate with social media influencers, YouTubers, and celebrities to promote themselves through internet posts, thereby finding a loophole to advertise themselves.

For the uninitiated, illegal betting platform even addresses itself as the only legal and licensed betting operator in India, which falsely represents them as a legit platform, and users either end up getting addicted, or losing their hard-earned monies.