In the latest development in Navi Mumbai, the officials have apprehended 11 people indulging in illegal rummy card games from a chawl in Khandeshwar Colony in Navi Mumbai. The police have reportedly seized cash and valuables worth around Rs 2.98 lakh from the accused present at the spot.
According to reports, several complaints had been filed regarding the illegal activities involving rummy and gambling in the area. The Navi Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police Shivraj Patil formed a special team to get rid of the notorious elements from the locality after getting wind of the activities.
Patil’s team acted swiftly after receiving information from newshounds of the Khandeshwar and Taluka police stations. Their raid was successful after they found the gambling den in room number 4 on the second floor of A Type Chawl No. 19, Sector 13, New Panvel Colony. The participants of the illegal gambling activity were caught in the act by Khandeshwar Police station constable Vaibhav Shinde.
Rickshaw driver Rajendra Koli, retired Harishchandra Joshi, Hanuman Dundrakar residing in Biga Khanda, Ganesh Bhoir of Apte village, Sunil Bhagat a dyer of Sookapur village, Sumit Patil living in Prayag Angan Society of Sookapur who is employed, Kiran Vaghela living in Thana Naka of Panvel, Deepu Tarai of Sookapur. , Vijendra Gawand of Devad village, Jitesh Khildkar of Navin Panvel, were the 11 apprehended from the spot, who were later released from the Khandeshwar police station with a notice under CrPC Rule 41A1.
It is worth noting that rummy players are only allowed to participate in card games without involving any money at officially licensed clubs, where it is deemed a leisure activity. The authorities often visit these licensed clubs from time to time to verify if the players are following the rules and not participating in any illegal gambling activities at the establishment. The latest crackdown by police has alerted the gamblers in the region, who have gone into hiding, fearing actions from the authorities.