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Jaipur Police bust illegal online gambling app call center, arrests 12

The police seized accounting registers amounting to Rs 6 crore, along with equipment believed to be used for speculative purposes.

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May 6, 2023, 4:05 pm

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JAIPUR: Jaipur Police carried out a raid on an online gaming app call center in Sector-26 Pratap Nagar, arresting 12 individuals involved in illegal betting operations.

The police seized accounting registers amounting to Rs 6 crore, along with equipment believed to be used for speculative purposes. The police are now searching for the main suspect behind the operation, which ran 24 hours a day.

DCP (East) Gyanchandra Yadav explained that the raid was conducted after SHO (Pratap Nagar) Manvendra Singh received a tip about the illegal betting taking place under the guise of a call center. The app in question, Sky Exchange, facilitated online betting on various games. Users would download the app, receive a user ID and password, and place bets via WhatsApp groups.

Points were accumulated based on the amount of money users placed on the app, which allowed them to bet on the outcomes of cricket matches, ludo, casino games, Teen Patti, and other online games. The app preyed on young users, encouraging addiction and cheating them out of their money.

DCP Yadav praised the efforts of head constables Hardayal Singh, Mahesh Chand, constable Bajrang Lal, and cyber cell office constable Bhupendra Singh in the operation. The police seized four computer systems, five headphones, two power banks, a DVR, two mobile chargers, two laptops with chargers, a printer, five mobile phones, and other items from the call center.

According to Additional DCP (East) Avneesh Kumar, the call center had been in operation for the past six months under the supervision of a man named Akhilesh, a resident of Mandawa Jhunjhunu. Akhilesh employed several youths on a salary basis and visited the call center every five to six days.

The call center operated around the clock, with employees working in shifts. Money was deposited into various accounts under different names, and once the fraudulent funds were received, they were withdrawn via ATMs. The SIM cards found in the five mobile phones recovered from the suspects were also linked to fraudulent transactions in other individuals’ names. Over the past six months, these accounts have seen transactions worth crores of rupees, and the police have now frozen the implicated bank accounts.

First published: May 6, 2023