Due to the ongoing pandemic, India has been in a lockdown since the month of March. Each state government has eased the lockdown rules according to the severity of the virus in their respective state. The lockdown has led to a huge number of people resorting to means that help them make easy money and hence gambling dens have increased in the state like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chandigarh etc. The Hyderabad police on Thursday arrested four individuals in a crackdown on an illegal gambling racket run by a Chinese company. Among the four arrested was Yah Hao, a Chinese national and three Indians identified as Dheeraj Sarkar, Ankit Kapoor and Neeraj Tuli. Yah Hao was the online firm’s operations head from Southeast Asia while the three Indians were directors of the same.
The four of them were arrested by the Hyderabad police in Delhi after Chinese individuals and companies were raided by income tax sleuths in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida on suspicion of laundering money. The online gambling was allegedly organised by ‘Beijing T Power Company’, a Chinese enterprise. The police seized INR 1,1oo Crores from the raid and mentioned that most of transactions took place mainly during the lockdown.
The online gambling was brought into light when two men from Hyderabad lost INR 1.64 lakh and INR 97,000 respectively. The two youth placed bets while playing online gambling games organised by the Chinese firms. The four of them have been accused of cheating by manipulating results and have been booked under IPC Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B(conspiracy) under the Telangana Gaming Act. Gambling officially has been banned in Telangana and some other Indian states. The firm carried out transactions through two bank accounts and the police were able to freeze INR 30 crore (a day’s earnings) from both the accounts. Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said “The servers of the websites are based in China. Data-hosting services are cloud-based in the US but operated from China. The payments were being routed through India-based payment service providers” .
Under Beijing T Power Company, several firms namely Growing Infortech Pvt Ltd, Sily Consulting Services Pvt Ltd, Dokypay Technology Pvt Ltd, SpotPay Technology India Pvt Ltd, Daisylink Financial Pvt Ltd, and Huahuo Financial Pvt Ltd etc were organizing betting through online games. The Hyderabad police chief said, “Online gaming was being organised by luring prospective gamers through Telegram groups. Entry is only through reference and members who introduce a certain number of prospective players. However, these websites were being changed on a daily basis,” The accused are to be produced in the court on Friday. Stay tuned for more updates on gambling stories, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com!