Mangalore: DYFI demands police to act against skill based games and gambling centres

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On Thursday, the Democratic youth federation of India (DYFI) staged a demonstration to call the police to take action against the city’s skill games, video games, and gambling establishments.

B K Imthiyaz, district president of DYFI, asserted that the police department’s incompetence is the primary reason that all of these illicit operations are flourishing.

Imthiyaz said, “Illegal gambling centers have been taking money from poor daily wage earners and ruining their future. They have been engaging youths addicted to substances in their illegal activities. The district administration and the police should not allow such activities to thrive,” according to Times of India.

“Though the government had promised to eliminate all types of illegal activities and terrorism, they have failed to keep up their word,” Imthiyaz added.

DYFI previously protested against Governor R.N. Ravi for delaying his assent to Gaming Ban Bill in December 2022. Along with DYFI, some students also demanded a ban on online rummy.

The protest in Tamil Nadu resulted from the lapse of the ordinance bill banning online games like rummy and poker. The ordinance lapsed on November 28, and the bill formed using that ordinance is yet to receive Governor’s assent.

The state have been the center of conflict, with politicians claiming that online gaming is causing several troubles to youth and families of the state.

The ban also summed games like poker and rummy under games of chance, while the Supreme Court have stated that rummy was recognized as a game of skill and not change and is protected under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution.