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Head of Illegal Cricket Betting Ring Arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department

On April 10, 2007, about 10 days after discovering an illegal World Cup Betting ring, the police officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) apprehended its alleged head at Posta, which is located in the northern part of the city.

The arrest was conducted by the investigators of the Criminal Investigation Department based on information obtained from the 3 bookmakers that the CID operatives arrested on March 31, 2007 from Baguihati, which can also be found in Kolkata. The head of the CID's DI operations, Rajiv Kumar, commented that Vasant Kumar Dujari, the person suspected to be the head of the betting ring, was arrested in Burrabazar.

The police officers also confiscated a personal computer, CD's and a cellular phone used in mobile betting from Vasant Kumar Dujari. Dujari was arraigned in the Barasat court headed by Chief Judicial Magistrate Hargovind Singh, who remanded Kumar into the custody of the CID police officers for 7 more days. Kumar said that they will talk to Dujari to decide whether the bookmakers have participated in the betting racket.

On March 31, 2007, CID officers arrested bookmaker Anil Bagaria in Baguihati. Based on his sworn statement, Praveen Kochar and Rajesh Agarwal were also arrested. Officers confiscated a laptop computer and a cellular phone. Police officers commented that the bookmakers were in contact with fellow bookmakers from Delhi and Mumbai and are also suspected in doing hawala activities.


April 19, 2007
Matt Gross