Police in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu, dismantled an online gambling racket and arrested nine people at a Krishna Nagar hideout on Wednesday. On the basis of information, the police arrested the gang which carried out illegal bets via the application “1X Bet”.
Those arrested were identified as M Manikandan (27), G Chandrasekhar (27), A Krishna Moorthy (27), R Gokul Nath (24), K Manivel (27), K Aravindh (24), R Prakash and R Balaji (23).
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Kallakuruchi DSP Rajalakshmi said the nine defendants were engineering graduates who participated in online gambling during the lockdown period to earn money.
“Manikandan, the mastermind behind the whole operation, had rented a house from Krishna Nagar. He had previously worked in the 1X Bet app in one city and decided to implement it here in Kallakurichi. He had somehow contacted the owner, who is said to be in Russia, and gained access to the website. The owner allegedly agreed to provide Manikandan with a certain amount as commission in exchange for a larger number of clients. The rest of the eight members, who were arrested, were looking for work and came into contact with Manikandan and operated from a home in Krishna Nagar for the past eight months. Per month, the gang earned up to Rs 30 lakh as profit. They had bought SIM cards using fake IDs and destroyed them after the transaction was completed, ”the DSP said.
She added that there were several sports and games activities on the website and to enter customers had to lose a certain amount. “If 1,000 people participated in a game, only one would win. The gang had programmed the app in such a way that even the winner could be decided by them. Initially, the gang made sure that the customers made small profits like 2,000-3,000 rupees on their bet amount and later when the customers decided to bet a huge amount, the members made sure that the customers lost. all the money. The gang had made huge profits from the money invested by customers, ”she added.
The nine accused were all remanded in custody. Police seized Rs 20 lakh in cash, laptops, monitors, fingerprint readers, 30 cell phones, 400 SIM cards, a car and a motorbike from the accused.