Bhayandar: The Thane (rural) police busted a matka (gambling) control unit that was being operated from a farmhouse located near a remote hamlet on the Thane-Ghodunder Road, late on Monday night. Twenty-eight people were arrested and booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and Prevention of Gambling Act. A similar racket in Candolim was busted by the Goa police last Friday.
Acting on a tip-off in context to operations of matka variants including Mumbai Main and Kalyan Main, a police team led by Additional SP- Sanjay Kumar Patil, under the guidance of newly-appointed SP Dr Shivaji Rathod, kept surveillance and after confirming the authenticity of the information swooped down on the farmhouse near Chena at around 11:30 pm on Monday.
Twenty-eight people who were facilitating the gambling operations by accepting and forwarding matka bets through mobile communication were caught red handed. Apart from gambling material, the police team seized cash, 58 mobile phones and laptop, all amounting more than Rs 2 lakh.
According to the police, the farmhouse is owned by the Savla brothers, who reportedly control a thriving matka business across the country. Matka is a game in which people especially from the lower economic strata of the society including daily wage workers bet a stake on random numbers.