Goa Police arrest 3 bookies for betting on Sri Lanka-South Africa 5th ODI

Police in Goa have arrested bookies, who were involved in betting during the Sri Lanka’s fifth ODI against South Africa ODI in Colombo © AFP

Panaji: Aug 1, 2013

The Goa Police have arrested three Mumbai-based bookies for betting during Sri Lanka‘s fifth One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa played in Colombo on Wednesday.

Police said the bookies — Hitesh Jatakia, Sunil Shukla and Hitesh Desai — are from the Dahisar suburb of Mumbai and were staying at a hotel near Panaji for the entire series.

A laptop, more than 16 mobile phones and some cash were recovered from their hotel room during the raid late on Wednesday, a police spokesperson said.

“They have been arrested under the Goa Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976,” he said.

In May, the state police, on a tip-off from their Delhi counterparts, had arrested six bookies for betting on the Indian Premier League matches.