Mumbai: The number of controversies that have plagued this year’s IPL seem to be never ending. From Sreesanth’s arrest to betting rackets in Indore, cricket buffs have seen it all. But that just seems to be the tip of the iceberg. The latest string of reports indicates that Dawood Ibrahim is the man who controls the entire betting syndicate, from Karachi to Mumbai, with Dubai being the nerve center.
Mumbai Police have arrested three men that ran this international operation from Kalbadevi. Ramesh Vyas (52), Ashok Vyas (32) and Pandurang Kadam (41), acted as middlemen between bookies of Karachi and Dubai. The timely arrests come at a time when the illegal betting business was doing business of 500 crores per day.
Also, the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested two Mumbai based bookies who are learnt to be close to Dawood Ibrahim’s gang in Dubai. Jijo Pokan and Jupiter Ashi operated from Mumbai and are said to be the main operators of D company which exchanged bets with Dawood’s Dubai based bookies.
“During surveillance, both bookies were tracked talking to their counterparts in Dubai”, added a source from the Intelligence agency. More than 400 calls to UAE were intercepted by the surveillance team which had conversations of hawala of crores of rupees.
Sources reveal that more than 30 sim cards were being used to contact racketeers in Dubai which is the epicenter of the illegal betting syndicate. It is estimated that crores of rupees were exchanging hands between suspects in Mumbai and Dubai. Marlon Samuels, the West Indian cricketer, who is based in Dubai, was in touch with Mukesh Kochar, a bookie who was arrested recently.
The plot thickens with the fact that it is Dawood Ibrahim who is the kingpin behind the entire criminal syndicate. It is suspected that he lives in Karachi. A certain Mohammad Ansari ran the entire operation for Dawood before he was arrested last year. Post arrest, he was replaced by a key member of Dawood’s organization.
The entire operation was both sophisticated and tightly controlled. Assessment software was used to calculate odds and then information was passed to Dubai and Mumbai. The entire serpentine trail ended with collection of money in Mumbai, before routing it to Dubai.