MUMBAI: As per a news report by Press Trust of India (PTI), Mumbai police arrested 14 people in an online gambling bust. A Mumbai Crime Branch official reportedly revealed that on Tuesday, February 2, based on a tip-off, the property cell of Crime Branch busted an online gambling racket. The news reports state that the police managed to seize INR 1.39 lakh cash, 14 mobile phones, playing cards, SIM cards, router among other things.
According to media reports, Mumbai Crime Branch officials further added that the 14 accused will be under police custody till February 5. Previously, it was reported how in July 2020, the crime branch of Mumbai police, raided an online gambling racket and arrested three people from a plush location of Mumbai’s Bandra suburb. News reports reveal how officials from the property cell busted a ninth-floor apartment in Bandra and arrested three alleged culprits for playing online poker.
According to media reports, an official from the crime branch said that the three people arrested by them used the PP Poker application, which enabled them to create multiple online gambling clubs which could have its presence across the country. Furthermore, around three laptops, five mobile phones, two internet routers and cash worth INR 90,000 was seized from the suburban apartment.
On February 17, 2020, the Mumbai crime branch also arrested 17 people from an upscale location of Oshiwara, in connection with gambling and operating a gambling den. The news reports add that one person was arrested for running the gambling den while the remaining 16 were arrested for their involvement in gabling.
Media reports add how the main accused allegedly rented a 600 sq.ft. apartment in Adarsh Nagar, Oshiwara for INR 10,000 per day to run the gambling ring. This operation ran for almost six months, state the media reports. As per reports, Sandesh Rewale, senior inspector, social service branch (SSB) stated that the officials had seized INR 91,000 in cash and 2,120 poker chips worth ₹35.33 lakh from those involved in the bust.