Nagpur: In a curious turn, a team of Jaripatka police searching missing persons stumbled upon a cricket bookie who was found accepting bets on IPL matches at his residence. The bookie was booked and put behind bars.
On Saturday, a team of Jaripatka cops was tracing the missing persons in Hudco Colony, Ahuja Nagar locality. They saw a group of people standing near NIT ground. Cops showed photograph of a missing person to the group and enquired about him. However, one of the persons in the group, instead of giving information about the missing person informed the cops that a person named Dilip Khemchand Premchandani was busy in accepting bets on IPL T20 matches by watching live telecast at his residence at Plot No. 570, Ahuja Nagar Lane No. 3. The police team immediately informed about it to Senior Police Inspector Parag Pote and on his direction raided the house around 5.45 pm.
The raiding cops found the bookie Dilip Premchandani watching live telecast of IPL match being played between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians and accepting bets. Subsequently, cops detained the accused bookie and seized 5 mobile phones, one Onida TV, set top box, and other gambling material collectively worth over Rs 21,000.
The accused Dilip Premchandani was booked under Sections 4, 5 of Maharashtra Gambling (Prevention) Act and placed under arrest.
The action was taken by PSI Atul Dake, constables Lakahn Kanaujiya, Pradeep Bhaise, Harichandra Bhat, sepoys Pravin Marape, Narayan, woman sepoy Kavita under the guidance of DCP Zone 5 Harsh Poddar, Senior PI Parag Pote and Second Police Inspector Dilip Landge.