Devendra Arya, the deputy commissioner of police for southwest Delhi, organized several teams to conduct a huge illegal gambling operation in the village of Ghitorni. Arya told the media outlet that they received inputs about the running of makeshift casino from the locals.
The late-night surprise raid in Imperial hotel led to the arrest of 58 individuals and the seizure of cash. Police confiscated around $15,000 worth of rupees, approximately 6,000 gambling chips, five poker tables, 65 cell phones and illegally-imported liquor.
The list of the arrested gamblers includes: business executives, industrialists, financial traders, entrepreneurs among others. According to a report by India Today, the operation attracted gamblers by sending invitations via WhatsApp.
Arya reported that it was revealed during an investigation that the gambling racket was being run by three men — 35-year-old Sajid, a resident of Mehrauli; Dinesh Kumar (40) of Vasant Kunj; and Jagjeet. Two of them were arrested but they were yet to arrest Jagjeet.
Police estimate that there are several illegal casinos operating which they haven’t discovered. With the aid of apps and online networking through social media, the police task becomes all the more difficult. Authorities said the participants will face fines and jail terms, and that they will take unspecified action against the hotel which hosted the illegal casino.