The bookie was contacting his regular customers by telephone calls and SMSes in order to get them to double the amount that they had already wagered with him for the match.
The UT police’s crime branch received information regarding the bookies’ actions, and decided to take action by sending in an undercover policeman to place a bet with Mathwan. The inspector in charge of the crime branch, Ranjodh Singh, explained that not only was Mathwan acting as a bookie, he was also refusing to refund the funds to his customers who had won.
Inspector Ranjodh explained: “A team of the crime branch sent a decoy customer with a note of Rs 1,000. The tream apprehended accused Mintoo Mathwan when he accepted the money from the decoy customer, and in turn, he handed over a slip to him by putting his signatures thereon.”
After the arrest, the police also recovered Rs 10,500, and four mobile phones that appeared to have been used by Mathwan. Mathwan also kept a notebook in which he kept the records of the wagers that had been placed. This notebook was recovered along with the cash and the cell phones.
Mathwan is a resident in Bapu Dham Colony, in Sector 26. He was brought before the court, which gave him two days in police custody. The case that the police have registered against Mathwan is noted under the Gambling Act, with the specific crime under Section 420 of the IPC, 13-A/3/67. The investigation into the case is still ongoing. With the accused accepting a wager from an undercover policeman, one wonders what direction this case will take.