Illegal online lottery racket busted, six arrested

Illegal online lottery racket busted, six arrested
The accused were caught red-handed when Unit IV of Mumbai Crime Branch raided 3 illegal lottery centres in Govandi’s Shivaji Nagar area based on a tip-off (Representational Image, Courtesy: tanvierpeart.com)

Mumbai Crime Branch has arrested six persons for allegedly operating illegal online lottery centres in Govandi’s Shivaji Nagar area.

According to Unit IV of the Crime Branch, a raid was conducted in three illegal lottery centres in Shivaji Nagar in Govandi area based on a tip-off.

A total of six persons – identified as Usman Shaikh, Firoj Khan, Abdul Aziz Yusuf Khatri, Irfan Qureshi, Kunal Panchmukh and Haroon Sayyad – were caught red-handed and placed under arrest.

Additionally, some cash and other equipment used in the crime was seized.

“During raids, materials like hard disks, router, barcode scanner, printer, lottery result sheets and cash of Rs 18,380 was seized,” said a release issued by the department.

The six accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC, IT Act and Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act. They were produced before a local court which remanded them to police custody till December 26.

Further investigation in the case is underway.

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