Delhi Police apprehend 19 in crackdown on interstate gambling den

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In a major operation on the 28th of August, the Delhi Police busted a notorious interstate gambling den to put a halt to illegal activities in the North district of the national capital. The officials made 19 arrests, four history-sheeters along with 15 wanted criminals, from the spot in the Sita Sharan Colony near the Mandi area.

The arrested criminals belong to the infamous Chenu Pehalwan gang, who have been repeat offenders in the area and suspected of initiating violent activities in the capital. A joint operation was conducted in association with Special Staff, Cyber Police Station, and AATS, after receiving detailed inputs about the whereabouts of some of the gang members of the Chenu Pehalwan gang.

Notably, the gang members used to gather at specific locations in Sita Sharan Colony, Roshanara Road, Sabzi Mandi area and conducted gambling events on books or ludo dice. The participants were usually gamblers from different states who also used to carry weapons to the event.

Mumtaj, the head bookie, who was the sole operator of the Chhenu Pehalwan gang, was nabbed by the Delhi Police during the raid on the 28th of August. The officials also apprehended several other criminals also present at the gambling den. Many bookies and criminals hailing from Sonipat, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Delhi were gathered to gamble on the day.

The apprehended culprits are some notable criminals accused of being arrested previously in cases involving cases of robbery, rape, murder, gambling, and more. The involved personnel were in possession of several weapons as the police recovered one semi-automatic pistol along with five cartridges from the accused named Shiva and one semi-automatic pistol along with three cartridges from Kesar Ali, along with three semi-automatic pistols and 12 cartridges in the possession of other accused persons.

According to reports, the organizers of the gambling den had several informers placed across the colony to inform them of any suspicious police activity. The entry and exit gates of the colony were also loaded with gang members who were designated to delay any encroachments by the police, leaving the organizers enough time to flee the location.