5 policemen injured in bookies attack
THE CITY police busted a betting racket on cricket on Saturday afternoon but in the course of the raid almost a dozen persons attacked the police team causing injuries to at least five policemen.india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 13:18 IST
THE CITY police busted a betting racket on cricket on Saturday afternoon but in the course of the raid almost a dozen persons attacked the police team causing injuries to at least five policemen.
The assault took the police by surprise and more force was rushed to the spot. The police recovered Rs 56,000 cash apart from ‘satta’ slips worth over Rs 10.5 lakh and other gambling paraphernalia.
CSP (Kotwali) Shailendra Singh Chauhan said that the police had got information that ‘satta’ was being operated from a house and a joint team raided the house of Ateeq, 27, at around 2:30 pm.
The police recovered cash, cell phones, colour television and thousands of Iraqi dinars from the house and had begun searching the house when almost a dozen persons, led by Ateeq’s brothers, Shafiq and Naeem, attacked the police party.
Sources said that the attackers comprised family members and relatives of the accused and they were armed with rods and lathis. Five police constables, Mahendra Tripathi, Sitasharan, Bhupendra, Shyam, Krishna Gopal Sharma and the CSP sustained injuries in the attack.
This caught the police off-guard and the policemen had to save themselves by rushing into a room. They informed the police station and called for more force.
Subsequently, the accused were caught though one of them, Haseeb, managed to escape. The attackers included some women also. Residents also charged police of highhandedness towards women. The accused have been booked for attack on police, and under relevant sections of the Gambling Act. The bets were registered on phone on the India-England limited
over international cricket match at Indore today.
More cash could have been recovered had the police managed to search the house initially as during the attack cash and other goods were moved from the house, police said. The police recovered two separate photo identity cards of Ateeq apart from his passport.
The Talaiya police are interrogating the accused and examining the records of the cell phones seized during the raid in order to ascertain the identity of the punters and the other links of the bookies.