Former Ranji-level cricketer Dilipsinh Hadiyol was arrested for allegedly running a gambling hub at a sports club located near the police headquarters in Banaskantha’s Palanpur. Hadiyol is a resident of Palanpur and former cricketer who was part of the Gujarat team in the Ranji Cricket tournaments. He was arrested along with 39 others from King George Fifth Club. Hadiyol is one of the trustees of the sports club.
According to police, the raid was conducted by the State Monitoring Cell (SMC) under the Director General of Police (DGP) on December 2.
The SMC works to crack down prohibition and gambling rackets and has jurisdiction all over Gujarat. The SMC does not take the local police station in confidence for its operations and disciplinary action is initiated after a raid as per procedure against the PS in-charge officers.
“On receiving an input that Dilipsinh Hadiyol has been organising gambling sessions at the King George Fifth Club located on the police headquarters road in Palanpur, two teams were formed to conduct raids at the club. A total of 40 persons were arrested and Rs 1.7 lakh cash, several phones and vehicles have been seized,” read a statement from the DGP’s office.