Police have arrested 18 bookmakers who were alleged to be involved in illegal betting at the Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai.
Mumbai police allege that the arrested men were involved in falsifying the amounts of bets made on horse races, leading to a potential loss of government revenue worth thousands of rupees.
The raids followed a tip off received by the deputy commissioner of police for Mumbai zone III, Abhinash Kumar, that some betting stall owners were conspiring with officials from the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to make incorrect entries relating to bets taken, which would effectively cause loss of government tax revenue.
To verify the truth of the information, 70 officers, including 20 who had been handpicked from Nagpada, Byculla, Worli and Agripada police stations, raided the course at around 7.30 pm. Twenty-one betting stalls were examined and 18 people taken into custody. The police also seized 29 laptops, documents, cash, and a number of mobile phones and calculators. Detailing the raid for the press, DCP Abhinash Kumar, confirmed that charges had been brought:
“We have registered a case against 18 stall owners and officials of RWITC at Tardeo police station on charges of cheating and common intention under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Bombay Racecourse Licensing Act.”
Those arrested subsequently appeared in a local court on Saturday and were then remanded in custody until the date of their next court hearing on December 24.
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