Bombay Bazaar matka operations shut down after Crime Branch action; All those arrested are from outside the State
PANJIM: Crime Branch (CB) on Friday raided a matka den running in a residential premises at Orda Waddo, Calangute and arrested 29 persons involved in matka bets. All 29 who are from outside the State.
This is one of the biggest raids after the matka SIT was formed. The 29 persons arrested were involved in matka bets from all over India through mobile communication. Soon after the raid the main ‘Bombay Bazaar’ matka could not be opened.
This is for the first time in history that Goa’s Crime Branch has been successful in closing the main Bombay Bazaar matka that has operations allegedly running into crores of rupees through mobile communication.
According to Crime Branch, Goan matka agents are also suspected to be involved in organising and aiding the culprits. Crime branch said that the main persons involved – Jayesh Shah, Chotulal Lalan – who have been arrested were working under the notorious main Bombay Bazaar matka operator and Mumbai-based history sheeter Prakash Savla involved in many criminal cases in Mumbai.
The 29 persons arrested have been booked under the Gambling Act, Information Technology (IT), for criminal conspiracy and cheating. The main accused Prakash Savla was arrested under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Police have also said that all the 29 persons are from outside the State and that the bets were being accepted from all over the country while stating that a lot of computers and cellphones have been recovered and attached.
The raid was conducted under the supervision of SP Crime Karthik Kashyap, along with PI Dattaguru Sawant, PI Prajyot Fadte, HC Santosh Govekar, Sanjay Pednekar, Datta Vernekar, Naveen Palyekar, Naveen Palyekar and Rukesh Halarnkar.