A gambling racket was busted at a hotel on Palhowal Road, Ludhiana with the arrest of 11 people on Sunday, reported Hindustan Times. Around ₹9.5 lakh was also recovered from the spot.
The arrested accused are the owner of Hotel Z Grand, Haidar of Omaxe flats; the manager, Deepak Yadav, and Umesh Kumar of Model Town, Naval Kumar of Jagraon, Mukesh Kumar of Bharat Nagar, Mandeep Singh of New Amar Nagar, Pankaj Jain of Deol Enclave, Arun Gupta of Durgapuri, Amanpreet Singh of Jagraon, Amit Bansal and Aman Kumar of Jagraon.
Assistant sub-inspector Gurpreet Singh, who is investigating the case, said, “We carried out a raid, acting on a tipoff. We found the accused betting on card games. The hotel authorities allowed them to gamble on its premises for higher room rent.” An FIR was registered under sections of the Gambling Act. Punjab’s neighboring state Rajasthan announced that it will soon enact a gaming regulation to regulate games of skill played through online mode.
In a similar incident in Southern state Telangana, a ruling party MLA was alleged to be caught playing rummy prompting opposition Congress to accuse the ruling party of shielding rummy operators.