Coimbatore

Three more held in illegal lottery trade

The lottery tickets and gadgets seized by Coimbatore Rural Police from the accused.

The lottery tickets and gadgets seized by Coimbatore Rural Police from the accused.  

The racket, run in a warehouse, used to make ₹1 crore a month, police say

The illegal lottery racket that was busted by a special team of the Coimbatore District (Rural) Police at Chellampalayam near Annur on Tuesday used to have business to the tune of ₹1 crore a month, the investigation revealed. Meanwhile, the police on Wednesday arrested three more persons who were part of the racket. This takes the total number of those arrested to 16.

According to the police, the lottery racket used to sell tickets worth ₹3 lakh on week days and around ₹ 5 lakh on weekends. The cost of a ticket was ₹60. This works out to a daily sale of 5,000 tickets during week days alone.

Saminathan (58), Harisankar (31) and Mohanprabhu (35) who were among the six persons who managed to escape during the raid on Tuesday afternoon were arrested on Wednesday. They were remanded in judicial custody, police said.

On Tuesday, the special team, led Superintendent of Police Sujit Kumar, arrested 13 persons from a warehouse at Chellampalayam on Annur-Puliyampatti Road where the lottery trade was taking place. The police are on the hunt for three others, including the owner of the warehouse.

Sources said the SP formed a special team to bust the racket to avoid possible leak of information. They said the illegal business had been thriving for a very long time at Chellampalayam, well within the jurisdiction of Annur police.

The police had recovered bundles of lottery tickets, three billing machines, 22 mobile phones, 10 two-wheelers, a mini goods carrier and

₹ 1,09,609 in cash from the warehouse on Tuesday.

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