In one the most strategically planned crack down on gambling dens carried out in a joint operation by DCPs of three zones, the city police have conducted major raid on a den in Bidipeth and arrested 11 gamblers and seized Rs 3.61 lakh cash and other material worth Rs 8.11 lakh. . Cops also recovered a gun, sword along with few weapons from the spot. The raid was conducted between 1 am and 4 am on Tuesday.
Around 50 cops from various police stations led by Wadi Senior PI Karpe under the guidance of Zone 4 DCP Ishu Sindhu, Zone 1 DCP Abhilash Kumar and Zone 3 officer Nirmala Devi carried the major operation.
The raid is being considered as one of the biggest crack down on gambling dens in the recent past. All the gamblers were arrested under section 325, 425 IPC that calls for the crime much more than gambling in view of the recovery of weapons from the den. Later the cops produced all the accused in the court which ordered one day police custodial remand (PCR).
The arrested gamblers have been identified as Anil Bhaiyyaji Raut (34), a resident of Bidipet; Milind Rambhau Dupare (42), a resident of Jagnade Square; Shahjar Khan Mohammad Khan (36), a resident of Thakur Plot; Vijendra Uttamrao Kewatkar (42), a resident of Jai Bhole Nagar; Sachin Uttamrao Nitnawre (32), a resident of old Bidipeth; Rizwan Khan Moinuddin Khan (32), a resident of Bidipeth; Dhanraj Punaram Kamble (48), a resident of old Bagadganj; Govnda Narayan Bhullo (52), a resident of Pachpaoli, Bangladesh; Umesh Mahadevrao Uikey (23), a resident of Narsala, Sambhaji Nagar; Vinod Kanhaiyalal Phulwani (40), a resident of Bagadganj; and Pravin Raju Pillai (18), a resident of New Bidipeth.
Cops have got a tip off of the ongoing gambling dens in Bidipeth area. However, cops adapted a different approach since last few raids and involved teams from other areas to conduct the raid. This prevents to leak information about the raids and had helped the cops to nab the culprits red-handed. Internal sources from cops had informed them about the gambling den active in Bidipeth area and a trap was laid on Tuesday after which the raid was conducted and cops arrested 11 persons and seized Rs 3.61 lakh, 10 mobile phones, a four-wheeler, a Pulsar motorcycle, Scooty Pep, one sword, a duplicate gun, 60 bottles of beer, and some ornaments collectively worth Rs 8.11 lakh. The culprits were caught red-handed betting.
Sources informed that the cops, in a planned manner, reached the spot in autorickshaws to hide their identities. Later the accused were handed over to Sakkadara police who registered an offence and arrested all the 11 gamblers.
However, reliable sources informed that though the action is commendable, cops have pressed charges under Sections 3+25 and 4+25 which could not be pressed upon the culprits as the sword and the air gun found in the raid were artificial and could cause no damage to anyone. Thus, this puts the cops again under scrutiny.