2,800 lottery tickets seized; vendor held

A special police team on Friday arrested a key lottery vendor and seized 2,800 lotteries valued at Rs. 1 lakh.

While sale of lottery was banned in Tamil Nadu, there were complaints that lotteries of other States were being sold in Dindigul town, Vedasandur, Oddanchatram, Palani and Kodaikanal. Hence, Superintendent of Police R. Saktivel formed a special team.

Acting on information, the police team closely monitored parcels coming into the district through a private courier company and its agency. One person, who took delivery of the packets, was interrogated.

Discreet checks of the premises of the individual revealed that he was placing online orders and receiving the lotteries through courier. When the packets were checked over the last three days, police discovered 2,800 lotteries.

They arrested Robert Kennedy (48) of East Arockiamatha Street. A few years ago, when a similar drive was conducted, the police had laid their hands on the same accused.

With Dindigul town located in between Madurai, Tirupur and Coimbatore, a number of merchants travelled daily by public and private transport. Tourists and devotees visited Kodaikanal and Palani. Hence, making use of the floating population, the sale of lottery was flourishing in the district, a police officer said adding that a sustained drive alone would put an end to the illegal sale.

The Dindigul Town North police have registered case under the Lotteries Regulation Act. Further investigation is on.

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