Indian police uncover ingenious live betting device

Authorities in Uttar Pradesh busted an illegal betting ring on Friday, and have uncovered an inventive betting device which allow bets to be placed simultaneously during a live match.

According to Mail Today, the special task force seized the device, sewn up into a briefcase which could  interconnect up to 32 callers to place their bets simultaneously during a live match – the IPL.

“The suitcase connected all the phones in such a way that the bookie’s voice would be audible on all phones at the same time. The phone lines of gamblers were connected to a speaker beneath the suitcase to record their stakes,” said Raj Kumar Mishra of the Special Task Force. “The gang was using the briefcase for last one year. The set-up gave them high mobility and allowed early wrap-up in case of an emergency.”

The inventor of the briefcase, an electrician from Najafgarh in southwest Delhi, however could not be placed under arrest, as making customised electronic equipment is not a crime, reports local media.

Police suspect total earnings from the illegal betting ring is around Rs 200 million (US$3.1 million).

The ring leader has been identified as Rohit Gupta, a resident of Kailash Puri in Bulandshahr.

The other six accused have been identified as Ankur Govil, Neeraj Gupta, Samuel Jacob, Rahul Chana, Akash Vij and Ashok Garg.