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The kingpin of the gang has been identified as Chiranjiv Singh Dang alias Dimple, while the others are Dinesh Oberoi, Rajender Mehta, Achal Chawla, Jitender Kumar, Anil, Ajay Jain, Sunil Baliya and Narender. They were arrested when they were coordinating betting on the first day of the ongoing West Indies-India test match.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Delhi, Deependra Pathak, said the Special Staff which had been developing information on the movement of bookies for the past few months, got a tip-off that most bookies had shifted their base to places outside Delhi due to police pressure. One among them, run by a known and wanted bookie, Dimple, was operating from Sushant Lok at Gurgaon. Accordingly, a decoy client, called a punter in the betting circuit, contacted an agent who when convinced of his intentions called him to Paschim Vihar on Wednesday. The agent, later identified as Narender, arrived in a Santro car, following which the betting was fixed on 1:3 ratio. Narender was arrested red- handed.
During interrogation, Narender disclosed that he worked for Dimple who had his "control room'' in Gurgaon. Acting on the information, the police raided the premises and arrested Dimple along with other accused. It is learnt that Dimple then asked the raiding team to talk to the area Senior Superintendent of Police, but the Delhi police personnel chose to quickly cross the border along with the accused. The raiding party seized Laptop, Computers, Television, telephones, cellular phones and documents pertaining to details of the punters and bookies.
Dimple disclosed that he had 18 hub centres in Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
His control room was also connected to another such network being run by one Shibu from Jaipur in Rajasthan. According to him, the network has connections with agents from abroad, like Dubai.
Dimple told the police that he had connections with some bookies whose name had earlier appeared in the sensational match- fixing case involving the late South-African skipper, Hansie Cronje.
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