Star hotel raided, 36 held in Hyderabad for gambling

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Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Task Force jointly with the Gandhi Nagar police on Friday raided a prominent star hotel near Tank Bund and arrested 36 persons including two organisers, 28 punters and six sub-organisers for gambling. The suspects were engrossed in a game of Three Cards when the team nabbed them, police said.

Police seized cash to the tune of Rs 23 lakh, 38 cell phones, swiping machines, casino coins, playing cards, liquor bottles and hookah equipment with various flavours during the raid.

The arrested organisers were identified as C Praveen Kumar, 40, a realtor; and Babulal Agarwal, 45, a businessman while the assistant organisers held were SD Sajid Ali; Mohammed Jaffar; Mohammed Amer; Mohammed Khaja; Rohit Joshi and K.Nagesh. Three organisers, Sanjay Kumar; Rakesh Juneja and Rajinder Nagpal Singh, are absconding.

According to the police, Praveen Kumar and Babulal Agarwal, along with the absconding organisers, had been organising gambling in the hotel for quite sometime. They used to invite habitual punters.

“Three days back they had booked a room on the seventh floor of the star hotel and allowed punters to play the game. They collected about Rs 3,000 from each punter per game. They plotted to gain easy money illegally. They also provided them with liquor, hookah, smoking and other comfort facilities,” said C Shashidhar Raju, Additional DCP, Task Force.

Police said following a tip-off, the hotel was raided and the suspects were arrested. The organisers are habitual offenders and they were arrested for similar offence earlier as well.

The suspects and the seized material were handed over to the Gandhi Nagar police for further action.

40 held for gambling in Hyderabad

(Story reported earlier, 20th Oct 2017 1:11 pm)

Hyderabad:​ The Hyderabad Task Force raided a ​prominent ​star hotel in the city ​late on Thursday night ​and arrested about 40 persons ​on charges of gambling​.

​According to officials, the arrested ​persons include organisers​ of the gambling session​, punters​ who were participating in it and hotel managers and suppliers​ as well​. About Rs​ ​23 lakh ​in ​cash, liquor and hookah material ​too were seized​, Task Force officials said​.