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India: How a fake IPL cricket league ran for Russian punters

By Rohit - July 14, 2022 - Last updated on Jul 14, 2022 01:03 AM India: How a fake IPL cricket league ran for Russian punters

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AHMEDABAD: The fake IPL of Molipur may just be the tip of the iceberg in what is suspected to be a widespread interstate scam. The audacious ‘think global, act local charade may also have had punters from other countries fall for it.

After a team of Gujarat police busted Molipurs ‘IPL targeting Russian punters, Uttar Pradesh police unearthed another fake cricket league scam in Meerut on Tuesday. The investigation reveals that the modus operandi is the same and so are the masterminds — Asif Mohammed and his aide Ashok Chaudhary. This was confirmed by the senior officers of Gujarat and UP police.

A gang set up a fake “Indian Premier League” tournament with farm laborers acting as players to dupe Russian punters in a betting scam reminiscent of the 1973 film The Sting.

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The so-called “Indian Premier Cricket League” reached the quarter-final stage before police in India busted the racket.

The tournament began three weeks after the actual IPL concluded in May, according to police, but that proved no hindrance to the gang, which they said leased a remote farm in the western state of Gujarat.

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They installed a cricket pitch, complete with “boundary lines and halogen lamps”, Insp Bhavesh Rathod told reporters. “Besides this, the accused had set up high-resolution cameras on the ground and used computer-generated graphics to display scores on a live streaming screen.”

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