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BIG GAMBLING RAID DURING DIWALI

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
By Zuber Ansari

Poker gambling racket running in 5 star hotel busted by Crime branch, 54 females and 63 male punters arrested

The Juvenile Aid Protection Unit (JAPU), a wing of Mumbai Police Crime Branch busted a poker gambling racket after they conducted a raid in Juhu-based Sea Princess Hotel and booked around 54 female poker players and 63 males who were found indulging in gambling.

According to police sources, on the basis of reliable information, officials of JAPU wing including female officials entered the hotel changing their identity. As they entered female poker players got suspicious and tried to flee but cops cordoned off the room and took all of them in their custody.

The raid was conducted under the leadership of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) RB Mane and lady Police Inspector Prabha Raul. After the raid cops manage to seized 1,847 plastic counters worth Rs 35 lakhs value poker counters, Rs 3.8 lakh cash, apart from other materials.

Sources further revealed that, the female women players were assembled at Sukhi Hall situated on first and second floors of the hotel. The players were involved in poker gambling during the search inside both the rooms, even as other things were also seized by cops.

During investigation Crime Branch rounded up the manager, two conductors, one cashier and 14 other staffers and around 63 male players.

Female players were booked under Section 46 (D), of CRPC and later released after issuing notice on their names.

The 81 persons arrested were booked under Section 4 (a) and Section 5 of Maharashtra Anti-Gambling Act.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) JAPU department RB Mane said, ''Before Diwali an invitation was circulated to all for the celebration but place and time were not mentioned on the card. The organisers Jaldeep and Honey, invited all the persons over phone to play poker.

All the person who were caught playing poker belonged to well-to-do families, few players are businessmen and many had come with their families.

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