India: cleaner arrested for “pitch-siding” for illegal betting syndicate

Betting on cricket is illegal in India.
Betting on cricket is illegal in India.

In a separate incident, two bookmakers were arrested for allegedly entering a stadium with fake accreditation cards.

India.- A cleaner was arrested after police found he was “pitch-siding” – taking advantage of the delay between live sports action and its television broadcast to place bets – during an IPL match.

According to Times of India newspaper, an Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officer found the cleaner talking by phone in a secluded area during an IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and SunRisers Hyderabad on May 2.

When the officer asked the cleaner what he was doing, the man told him he was talking to his girlfriend, but when the officer asked him to dial the number he was talking to, the suspect tried to escape leaving behind his two mobile phones.

The ACU officer immediately reported the incident to the Delhi Police.

In a separate incident, officers arrested two people for entering Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ground with fake accreditation cards during the IPL match.

The BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit chief said: “These people managed to get access to Kotla. The one who fled came in the garb of a cleaner. However, we have all his details as he was employed for the tournament. His Aadhar Card details have been handed over to Delhi Police.”

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