Indian Police bust Gambling Racket in Punjab

Police in Punjab have arrested 70 people, 10 of them women, after busting a gambling racket in the Mohali district.

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The raid took place as a result of a tip-off.

A gambling racket of 70 people, including 10 women, are now under arrest after a police raid in Punjab, India.

The gambling racket was active in the Mohali district.

The Punjab Police’s Organised Crime Control Unit made the bust in a late-night operation on the night of Saturday, January 30, 2021.

The raid took place at New Life marriage palace located on the outskirts of Banur, towards Zirakpur.

Police seized more than Rs 8.42 lakh (£842,000) in cash and 40 bottles of liquor, as well as laptops and playing cards.

A total of 47 vehicles were also impounded as a result of the bust.

The raid took place as a result of a tip-off.

The police apprehended 70 people, and the arrested women were being used as both bartenders and dancers, a police department spokesperson said.

Dinkar Gupta, Director General of Police, said:

“The backgrounds of all the persons involved in the gambling and immoral trafficking are being investigated.”

Gupta also said that the laptops and mobile phones Punjab police recovered from the raid are undergoing a forensic examination to retrieve further details.

The raid took place under the directions of Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, chief of the Organised Crime Control Unit.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered in the case, under various sections of the Excise Act, the Gambling Act, and the Immoral Trafficking Act.

How popular is gambling in India?

The popularity of online gambling in India has grown over the past decade.

Local horse races and state lotteries are the most popular forms of gambling in India, mainly because it is legal.

India’s government does not maintain a confederate oversight on gambling. Instead, it allows each of the 29 states to independently implement their own laws.

However, the only condition lies under the Public Gambling Act of 1867. The law prohibits public gambling houses across India.

Breaking this law can result in three months in prison.

Back in September 2020, new gambling measures were put in place in Andhra Pradesh.

The measures include imposing a blanket ban on online gambling, as a result of an agreement by the state’s Council of Ministers to amend the state’s 1974 Gaming Act.

The blanket ban targets direct restrictions on online poker and rummy services.

According to Venkataramaiah, the measure is implemented to protect Andhra Pradesh’s young people, as well as helping to prevent the rise of gambling addiction in the state.

Louise is an English and Writing graduate with a passion for travel, skiing and playing the piano. She also has a personal blog which she updates regularly. Her motto is "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

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