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Indian bookie who ran online app detained in Sri Lanka

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Indian Bookie Saurabh Chandarkar and his associate Ravi Utpal, who have been running various illegal betting businesses online with the help of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and are wanted by security agencies across India, have been detained in Sri Lanka.

According to Time of India, Mahadev Book provides online platforms for illegal betting in different live games, such as cricket, poker, badminton, tennis and football. It also provides an avenue to bet on different elections in India.

If sources are to be believed, the duo has been detained on request from Interpol on behalf of the Indian security agency and is likely to be extradited. 

Their detention has become a talking point among bookies and senior police officers in Mumbai even though there are hardly any cases against the duo in Mumbai. 

An official from IB said Chandarkar and Utpal were detained after Lookout notices were issued against them by Raipur Police three months ago. “We, too, have learnt that Chandarkar and Utpal of Mahadev Book have been detained in Sri Lanka,” said an official of the crime branch, which is keeping tabs on the development as the bookmaker is associated with Dawood Ibrahim.

Their detention also assumes significance in the wake of the Enforcement Directorate last week arresting four persons in Chattisgarh in the alleged money laundering case related to Mahadev online betting. There is speculation that a few politicians and policemen have invested heavily on Mahadev Book. 

According to reports from Chhattisgarh police, Mahadev app is being operated from around 30 centres with around a million individuals placing bets on it last year.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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