Central govt orders closure, 11 accused arrested
On February 27, a FIR was filed against the manager of Game King India for running online gambling activities within Mumbai at the JJ Marg police station. The two key accused Achal Chaurasia, a 30-year-old software engineer and Ramesh Chaurasia (56) are also masterminds involved in running illegal lottery sites.
The cyber team went into overdrive and was assisted by the Crime Branch in cracking down on these websites. A login id and an OTP (One Time Password) is given to the participants. Upon winning games, the players gain points which they can redeem for cash. “We received information that gambling activities were being conducted online via certain websites. The central government took serious view of these websites and ordered them to be blocked with immediate effect. Crime Branch Unit III conducted the raid successfully. A total of 11 persons have been arrested so far,” said Akbar Pathan, DCP, Cyber Crime.
Since 2014, within Mumbai itself, 19 cases have been registered against the Chaurasia duo.
The duo also has several cases registered against them in various parts of the country. Game King India-run gamekingindia.com and planetgoonline.com have been blocked. The central government have taken note and viewed this matter seriously, ordering the closure of these two websites.
The manager and the director of Game King, along with nine others have been arrested so far. In order to nab the duo, the Crime Branch formed multiple teams and arrested them last week from Gurugram in Haryana after an informer tipped them off. The arrested pair was produced in court and the police have been granted their custody till July 5. A probe is underway to ascertain if more people are involved in the online gaming racket.
The charges pressed are under Sections 420 (cheating) and 294 A (Keeping lottery office) of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 4(1), 7(3), 8 and 9 of the Lottery Regulation Act, and Section 12 of the Bombay Prevention of Gambling Act. The Cyber police has completed its investigations in the case.