India: 13 arrested over illegal gambling

Police officers raided a house in the state of Telangana.
Police officers raided a house in the state of Telangana.

The Telangana state labour minister’s brother was among those arrested. The accused were also charged for breaking Covid-19 social distancing measures.

India.- Police in the state of Telangana have arrested thirteen people who were playing three-card gambling at a private property.

Among those arrested was the Telangana state labour minister’s brother, Ch Narasimha Reddy, a businessman aged 66.

According to the Times of India, police seized Rs 1.4 lakh cash. Those arrested are also accused of breaking the current Covid-19 social distancing rules imposed by the government.

Earlier this week, police in East Mumbai’s Kurla neighbourhood arrested seven men for running an illegal online lottery.

Those arrested were handed over to Nehru Nagar police, which registered a case under IPC, Lottery Regulation Act and Gambling Act provisions.

An officer said: “In these lottery systems, winners are declared in 15 minutes and no tax is paid to state or Central authorities.”

A few weeks ago, police in Vidyanagar arrested 19 men for illegal gambling and for disobeying Covid-19 countermeasures imposed by the government.

A similar case occurred in the city of Guargon, where five people were busted for illegal gambling. Among those arrested was a protocol adviser to a European country’s embassy in Delhi.

Officers raided a house, where the five men were playing cards and gambling with chips. According to police, the owner of the house and the casino had no licence to operate the venue. People were also again violating Covid-19 restrictions and were not wearing masks.

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