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The Chhattisgarh state police have arrested over 250 people over the past month on allegations that they were operating centres in the state to lure people to indulge in online betting via an online application named Mahadev.

Police said the online application was launched by a group of people who operate out of Dubai. Chhattisgarh was one of the states where they opened centres in remote areas to lure people to download its app and place bets.

“They opened around 30 centres, mostly in Chhattisgarh, and more than INR 200 crores of transactions happen from each of these centres,” a police officer said, adding that 258 people have been arrested in 25 cases so far. He added the application has close to four million downloads and most bets were in the range of INR 1000 to 5000.

Police teams in three districts, Raipur, Bhilai and Bilaspur, are investigating cases linked to the online application.