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Bookie held in Mira Road for bets on IPL 2020 match

The personnel of Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar Police Commissionerate have arrested a small-time bookie for his involvement in an online cricket betting racket in Mira Road. The incident took place on Monday night at Mira Road. However, police have arrested the accused identified as – Parvez Babubhai Shaikh- a resident of Mira Road.

Police received a tip that a man is betting on Indian Premier League which is going on in UAE. Seniors have formed a team led by Assistance Police Inspector Tejashri Shinde and Police Sub Inspector Prakash Kamble. Significantly, a team under the guidance of Senior Police Inspector Sandip Kadam raided an apartment and arrested a bookie in Mira Road ‘s Kanakia area. Police caught Parvez Shaikh red-handed while accepting bets for the T-20 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals.  

Police had raided the flat when the accused had been accepting and placing bets on mobile applications linked to online betting websites. However, police traced him and seized seven smartphones, several SIM cards and a laptop worth Rs 41,000. “We had booked the accused under section 25 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1985 and sections 4 and 5 of the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act, 1987,” said Kadam.

Bookies and gamblers have adopted high-tech ways to place bets and settle accounts in a cashless mode. They use several mobile applications and websites for the betting using Virtual Private Network (VPN). They use these types of technology to evade the police dragnet.

Similar case

Earlier, Navghar Police in Bhayandar has arrested the duo for their involvement in a similar crime. MBVV Police arrested two bookies — Vijay Tiwari and Rakesh Sharma — for alleged involvement in an online betting racket.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided a shop in Sai Baba Nagar in Bhayandar (East) and arrested the duo.

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