Makeshift casino busted in hotel, 58 arrested

Accused used portable tables, discussed place of gambling over WhatsApp

The police on Monday busted a makeshift casino running in a hotel in Vasant Kunj and arrested 58 men, including the property’s managers and two kingpins, said officials.

DCP (South West) Devender Arya said three persons, who were running the gambling racket, have been identified as Dinesh, Sajid and Jagjeet. Dinesh, who runs a liquor business, and Sajid, a property dealer who also owns a gymnasium, have been arrested while teams are looking for Jagjeet.

The police said they got information regarding an illegal casino running in Imperia Hotel on MG Road after which a team raised the hotel. “When the officers reached the spot, it was found that people were gambling in the hotel’s basement where three tables had chips or coins used in the bets,” Mr. Arya said, adding that ₹11 lakh cash, 6,000 gambling chips, 65 mobile phones, three tables and seven hukkas were recovered from the spot.

Modus operandi

The three accused have a WhatsApp group with a closed membership, the police said. “They have a set of people who they converse with over WhatsApp and only these people can further add others. They send the location of where the gambling will take place on a daily basis,” the DCP said. The police said the accused don’t have a specific place for their gambling setup and it was their first time in the hotel. “The tables that have been recovered are portable. The accused are yet to be questioned on how long they have been active,” he said.

Mr. Arya said two hotel managers have been arrested and the police will also take legal action against the owners. A case has been registered under Section 3 and 4 of the Public Gambling Act and further investigation is under way.

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