- Rs 60 lakh seized in matka raid in Pernem
Rs 60 lakh seized in matka raid in Pernem
11 persons arrested; Links to Mumbai found
PANJIM: In a major crackdown on matka activity in the State, North Goa Police arrested 11 persons and recovered a whopping Rs 60 lakh in currency notes in a raid at a residence in Pernem on Friday. The police have also found links to Mumbai.
Pernem police were not informed about the three-hour raid and the raiding team members were drawn for other police stations and North District’s office.
North SP Chandan Chowdhary said that the owner of the premises was among those arrested for letting his house to his employees for carrying out the illegal activity. Reginaldo D’Costa, owner of the premises, is accused of organising gambling on a massive scale.
“He had employed 10 persons as bookies on a monthly salary,” she said narrating the sequence of the raid. “There were several complaints from Morjim about gambling activities. We went on a lookout and after confirming the information, we raided the place today afternoon (Friday),” she said.
Ten other persons, from Pernem and Siolim have been arrested and Rs 59,34,500 cash seized along with 54 mobile phones, 2 laptops, 18 calculators, 1 cash counting machine and 72 bundles of matka slips among other stationery items. Chowdhary said they are yet to determine the total slips in each bundle.
This one raid has seized an amount higher than the collective amount in 86 raids across the district. The 86 raids saw Rs 54,390 seized.
Calling it a bigger network, she further said that 40 bookies from Siolim and Pernem are involved in the racket and that the money generated from matka was sent to Mumbai indicating an inter-state racket.
The other accused are Ankush Parab, Laxmikant Gawde, Gajanan Morje, Pravin Parsekar, Agnel Fernandez, Laxmikant Mhamal, Pratap Salgaonkar, Anthony D'Souza, Vithal Goltekar and Damodar Govekar.