Ten days after their arrest for betting on T20 cricket matches, a trio of bookies ran out of luck yet again, when they were apprehended during a police raid at a Ghatkopar hotel.
The cops were following up on a tip-off about a prostitution racket at the hotel.
On Tuesday, the social service branch (SSB) of the Mumbai crime branch received a tip-off that a prostitution racket was operating in a small hotel located on LBS road, and reached the spot to rescue the women, around 10.30pm. They stumbled upon the bookies there.
The arrested accused were identified as Imran Shaikh alias Iftikar, 30, Nitin Jadhav, 33 (both residents of Antop Hill) and Dhaval Mashru, 30, a Ghatkopar resident.
A team of officers, including senior inspector Shirish Sawant, inspector Vilas Datir and others started searching rooms, and found the trio in room number 206. The officials found them taking bets on mobile phones.
Officials seized seven mobile phones with SIM cards, cash worth Rs6,920, an LCD television set, a set-top box and paper slips with records about bets taken, from the accused.
“The bets were being taken for the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings match. The trio was last arrested on May 11 from Dharavi, for a similar offence. We are interrogating them further,” said Rajdut Rupwate, assistant commissioner of police, SSB.
On the night of May 11, the same trio was arrested by the anti motor vehicle theft cell of the crime branch from Dharavi, while taking bets on T20 cricket matches.
After they were let off on bail, they allegedly changed their location and started their trade again, added officers.
The Ghatkopar police have lodged a case of forgery and cheating under the Indian Penal Code, along with relevant sections of the Gambling Act and the Indian Telegraph Act.