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    Six bookies were arrested in Goa on Monday following information provided by Delhi Police looking for "fixers" alleged to be conduits of three more cricketers while six others apprehended on the charge of betting in Chennai, Mumbai and Chennai during IPL matches. Two bookies held in Mumbai were allegedly in telephonic contact with their counterparts in Pakistan for accepting bets.

    The special cell Delhi Police, on the look out for some bookies after registering a case, had tipped off the Goa Police about the presence a few people in its area, police said.

    After monitoring a casino where the bets for IPL matches were being put, the police teams drew a blank till Goa Police apprehended six bookies from a rented accommodation at Candolim, about nine kilometres away from Panaji.

    Over two dozen mobile phones, laptops, iPads and huge amount of cash was recovered from the arrested bookies.

    Initial information was that the arrested people were from Mumbai.

    Efforts are on to nab three people who allegedly used to "fix" deals on behalf of the three cricketers other than those arrested by Delhi Police.

    The three people, who are being referred as "fixers" by the Delhi Police, are from Nagpur and Jaipur and their names cropped up during the interrogation of Mohammed Yahya, a bookie arrested by Delhi Police from Hyderabad airport when he was trying to flee the country.

    Police to summon Chennai hotelier

    In Chennai, an accused in the IPL betting case Sanjay Kumar Bafna, against whom a lookout notice had been issued by police, was arrested.

    Meanwhile, a Chennai hotelier, who allegedly led the IPL betting syndicate in the southern city and was a crucial link between CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan and actor Vindu Randhawa, will be issued summons to appear before the Mumbai crime branch probing the racket, police said.

    "Vikram Agarwal, a hotelier, who was handling Chennai operations of the betting syndicate, and a crucial link between Meiyappan and Vindu, will be issued summons asking him to appear before us," joint commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.

    Roy claimed, Agarwal, owner of Radisson Blu hotel, was also a "key link" between the betting syndicate and Bollywood celebrities. He, however, did not divulge the names of tinsel town personalities who were in touch with Agarwal.

    The crime branch chief said a team from Mumbai on Sunday searched Meiyappan's yacht at Marina in Chennai and seized a mobile phone which figured during the investigations that led to the CSK honcho's arrest. Two mobile phones and a diary were seized on Sunday during the search of Meiyappan's Chennai residence.

    According to Roy, Agarwal knew Meiyappan for the last 15 years and received important insider information about players from CSK and other IPL teams from him.
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    Some link which did not get the cut is the reason behind this whole operation

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