Mumbai: Delhi-based bookie Ashwin Agarwal alias Tinku, who has been taken into custody by Mumbai Crime Branch, has opened a Pandora’s box for investigators.

Tinku, who was taken into custody by the Branch’s property cell on May 24, has bared the particulars of the IPL spot-fixing involving Rajasthan Royals cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. He also spilled the beans on a score-settling scuffle that broke out in Tihar jail between him and another bookie and Chandila, after the latter fell short of the number of runs he had promised to throw away, thus draining their gains.

According to Crime Branch officials, Tinku told them that on March 20, he and another bookie Sunil Bhatia met Chandila and Chavan outside Ashoka Hotel in Dahisar where a deal of spot-fixing was struck. 

Watch out for locket

Sources revealed that initially it was decided that Chandila would wear a white watch to indicate that he would bowl as per the bookies’ wishes. But the bookies told him that it wouldn’t be a clear enough indicator. It was then decided that Chandila would wear a locket round his neck and before every fixed over, he would touch it to his forehead. For every match, Bhatia was present among the audience, waiting for Chandila to give him the cryptic signals.

Chandila ditched bookies in match against CSK

In the match against Chennai Super Kings, Chandila apparently ditched the bookies, depleting their betting deposits. Consequently, Tinku and Bhatia suffered an aggregate loss to the tune of Rs 85 lakh. Favourably for them, the bookies had not paid any advance to Chandila for the second match.

Face-off in jail

Soon after their arrests in the spot-fixing scam by the Special Squad of Delhi Police, when Chandila was brought face to face with Bhatia and Tinku in the confines of Tihar jail, the bookies assaulted him. Tinku had told the officials of the Mumbai Police’s property cell that during their stay in jail, he and Bhatia attacked Chandila. He was injured and referred to the prison doctor, Tinku revealed to the cops.

KKR chief to be grilled


On the sidelines, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore is also likely to be called in for questioning by the Mumbai Crime Branch. Police officials revealed that small-time Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh was also in touch with Venky to get leads on the team strategies. However, Vindoo could not extract valuable inputs from him. He had even attempted to befriend Venky and players.

(Mid-day)

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