Staff Reporter

Officials seize Rs.3.67 lakh betting money

20-member police team conducts raid in Chanchalguda

Police also seize 39 mobile phones of the gamblers

HYDERABAD: The South Zone police cracked down on an organised gambling den in the old city on the eve of Deepavali and took into custody 47 persons, mostly businessmen, on the charges of gambling. Officials seized Rs.3.67 lakh, the betting money from the place. The gambling activity was going on in a most organised way.

The organiser, Sarvar Khan (52), was allegedly collecting Rs.300 per game from each table, an offence under the A.P. Gaming Act.

Police said a businessman, who had reportedly lost Rs 1 crore in gambling earlier, was also found playing ‘Taash’ when a 20-member police team conducted the raid in a residential locality in Chanchalguda after careful planning. However, the organiser, Sarvar Khan managed to give the slip to the police.

Police said jewellers, cloth merchants and other businessmen were among the arrested, but refused to identify any of them. Police also seized 39 mobile phones of the gamblers.

The raid was conducted on a tip-off by the Bhavaninagar Inspector G. Someswar Rao.

Word of mouth

Most of those arrested had come to the den to play cards after being told about it by their friends, while some were habitual players.

Among the arrested then was Shaik Hazi alias Riaz, the alleged den operator, who was already facing several criminal cases in Rajendranagar police station area.