Bengaluru: Bengaluru police are setting traps to catch bookies red-handed, who are, as reports claim, preparing to cash in on today’s big match. “Betting has not been so rampant in the city after continuous clamp-downs during the recent IPL matches. However, an India versus Pakistan match is being played after a long time and we are sure punters and bookies in the city will not let the opportunity go waste,” a senior officer from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) told The New Indian Express.

According to the report, the city police commissioner has asked all police officials to keep an eye on betting rackets which might gain pace during the match. The police had got a tip-off that Whatsapp groups had been formed to coordinate the betting activity. However, police believe that betting might not take place in the IT capital as most of them happen on the outskirts of Bengaluru or in Goa.

In the past, the police had conducted raids at suspicious apartments located in Chamrajpet, High Grounds, Devanahalli, Sheshadripuram, K R Puram and other areas, the newspaper reported. The IT hub is known for providing training to bookies as many of the syndicates often come to the city from neighbouring states to make themselves familiar with the technology that could be used to remain hidden from the police. Once they acquire the equipment, such as multi-level mobile phone connectors, they go to their states.

Further, the police were also trying to track call data records of the ones known to be involved in betting rackets. A major problem still plaguing the police is the arrest of the accused. According to the data cited by the newspaper, a total of 30 people have been taken in the custody in the last few years. “We have been tracking them online too, but it is a challenge, as many carry out these operations anonymously,” an official informed the newspaper. The official also informed that such cases get dismissed in court, making it difficult to ensure a conviction of the accused.