Four Chinese nationals arrested – the arrest is part of a continuing crackdown on illegal gambling in the country
After two players who lost several thousand USD placing bets online filed a complaint to the local police in Hyderabad, India launched a probe into the allegations of money laundering and finally arrested four Chinese nationals.
The alleged gambling ring in Hyderabad was organised by different companies under the umbrella of a China-based firm called Beijing T Power Company. Yah Hao, the arrested Chinese national, is said to be the head of Southeast Asia operations for his online gaming firm.
Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said: “The domain name servers of the gaming websites are based out of China, and the data hosting services are cloud-based in the US but operated from China. The entire technical operation is run by China based directors/partners of these companies. The payments were being routed through India based payment service providers/gateways.”
He added, “Online gaming was being organised by luring prospective gamers through telegram groups. Entry is only through reference and the members who introduce a certain number of new members are paid a commission. On these groups the admins will usually indicate the websites on which the registered members can play games and place their bets.”
The arrested persons have been booked for cheating and conspiracy. Local media all over India says Chinese online gaming interests are now spreading across the country.