Delhi: Gambling racket busted in Geeta Colony, 15 held

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Delhi: Gambling racket busted in Geeta Colony, 15 held

All 15 people have been booked under the Delhi Gambling Act, said police. The families of the people held were unaware of their gambling addiction.

Utilising local inputs sourced from the 'Ears and Eyes' scheme, Delhi Police have busted a gambling racket that was being run in a residential area in Geeta Colony.

According to a senior police official, during a monthly meeting regarding the 'Ears and Eyes' scheme in the Shahdara district, Kushal Pal Singh, ACP, Geeta Colony, received information that a gambling racket was being run in a house in Geeta Colony. A team was constituted and a raid was conducted in which 15 people were caught operating and playing cards with jewellery and cash at stake.

"The total cash recovered is worth Rs 2,37,920 and the weight of the recovered gold jewellery is 80.75 gm," said Nupur Prasad, DCP (Shahadara district). On interrogation, it was revealed that the arrested accused-Vikram, a resident of Geeta Colony -used to regularly organise gambling operations in the area. However, the premise is owned by Vikram's uncle Kishan Lal.

"Vikram would arrange gambling parties at his uncle's house and only his close friends could participate in these parties,"said the senior officer. "They never called outsiders for betting without proper verification. Vikram was running the racket from the past few months and had managed to earn a hefty amount through this racket," the officer added. Vikram allegedly lured the customers to earn upto 90 times the betted amount and these customers would then put money and jewellery at stake.

FAMILY UNAWARE OF GAMBLING ADDICTION

All 15 people have been booked under the Delhi Gambling Act, said police. The families of the people held were unaware of their gambling addiction. The sources close to the investigation said Vikram had bigger plans in mind and wanted to expand his gambling operations. "Vikram was planning to purchase a second-hand casino table to enlarge his gambling den and attract more customers."

In February this year, Shahdara district police had arrested 48 persons during raids in three places. During the course of investigation, it was revealed that all the accused were gambling through slips in Geeta Colony, Vivek Vihar and Seemapuri. In January, too, an illegal casino operating out of a house in Shahdara district was busted by the Delhi Police. One person was arrested and Rs 2,421 in cash, one casino stock used for gambling and 34 quarters of illicit liquor were recovered from the house.

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