Bangalore: Karnataka police arrested Thursday a District Crime Bureau’s head constable. The head constable was allegedly running an IPL betting racket in Chikkaballpura district. The constable was nabbed when he was running the racket during the game between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Thursday evening.
Chikkaballapura police was in a shock when the betting racket ring leader raised his voice. He then challenged them to arrest their own staff member who was running a bigger IPL betting racket than him. According to the police, the arrested is identified as Manjunath (42). He is a resident of Chintamani, and is the head constable, District Crime Bureau, Chikkaballapura. The police said that he tested COVID-19 positive after his arrest. So instead of being taken to prison he was admitted to Chintamani hospital.
According to a senior police officer, the accused Manjunath had been running this racket for quite a long time. “He was part of police investigation team which keeps tab on gambling, betting and prostitution. Whenever the team arrested gambling or betting masters, Manjunath used to take note of their modus operandi. He then used them to conduct his own racket. In this process he also used to help these masters to escape or alert them about the police movement too,” the officer explained.
The officer further added that the accused used to encourage people to bet on high value assets like land and residential plots. He also asked them to place bets using large sums of cash. “”He has also taken help of several betting racket masters to run his own racket,” the officer added.
Speaking to this agency, Chikkaballapura district SP, GK Mithun Kumar said that the constable was suspended last week itself. He was under surveillance for a long time.
“Following the information given by the person who was arrested last week for running a cricket betting racket here, we arrested Manjunath. He was taken into custody Thursday evening but tested COVID-19 positive after customary health check-up,” the SP said.
The police registered a case and further investigation is going on.