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Two alleged bookies held; brother of Cong leader among accused

Two persons, including the brother of a senior Congress leader from Thane, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly betting during the recent T-20 World Cup match between India and West Indies.

Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Crime Branch raided an apartment in Kalyan’s Gouri Pada locality and caught the duo betting during the match between India and West Indies being played on Thursday at Wankhede Stadium, police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.

The accused were identified as Dileep Verma (40) and Radheshaym Parasnath Goswami alias Shammu Tiwari (59).

According to police, Shammu is the brother of Mohan Tiwari, a senior Congress leader who is also an office-bearer of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and member co-ordination committee of Thane city Congress.

Police seized nine mobiles, one LCD TV, set top box and some other things used in betting.

Offences under sections of Bombay Prevention of Gambling Act, Indian Telegraph Act and IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) have been registered against the duo.

According to police, Shammu had been booked in the past for gambling by Naupada and Kopri police stations in Thane city.

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