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ICC World T20 2014: Indian arrested for betting by Bangladesh police

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This is the third such incident that the cops have reported in a months’ time © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Dhaka: Apr 15, 2014

An Indian man suspected to be involved in betting during the recently-held ICC World T20 2014 has been arrested by Bangladesh police, for the third time in less than a month.

The arrest was made after sub-inspector Enamul Haq of Mirpur police station filed a case against Atanu Dutta, an Indian citizen, under Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code (a law which allows police to arrest without a warrant), according to ESPNcricinfo.

Dutta, on all three occasions, had been arrested for aiding betting, which is illegal in Bangladesh, through phone calls to bookies India and the UAE. Dutta has been a regular visitor to Bangladesh for the last three years and has been seen in the stadium during matches since ICC  World Cup 2011.

He was also spotted in Bangladesh’s tours to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka during the same period. He has been in Bangladesh since the Sri Lanka series in January, as well as the Asia Cup and World T20 since the first round.

He was also quizzed by Bangladesh Cricket Board‘s (BCB) security chief during the second edition of the BPL, but was let off due to lack of evidence. The police said that they have proof of Dutta’s connection with suspected bookies in India after they tapped his phone after his first release on March 21.

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