Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

KOPAR KHAIRANE: Around 15 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two own­ers of video par­lours, have been ar­rested for gam­bling at Kopar Khairane on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The po­lice have also seized prop­erty worth Rs14.5 lakh, in­clud­ing Rs1.15 lakh cash, from the ac­cused.

Act­ing on a tip- off the DCP (zone 1) squad con­ducted raids in three video par­lours at sec­tors 2 and 6 and made the ar­rests.

The ar­rested own­ers have been iden­ti­fied as San­tosh Shetty, 33, and Harischan­dra Shetty, 35. The owner of the third par­lour, how­ever, man­aged to flee.

“The own­ers would take money from their cus­tomers and gam­ble it with dif­fer­ent video games, turn­ing their video par­lours into gam­bling dens,” said po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Rohan Ba­gade of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

“We have seized 50 video game ma­chines, 17 com­put­ers and Rs1.15 lakh in cash from them,” he said.

The po­lice have booked the sus­pects un­der sec­tions 4 and 5 of the Bom­bay Pre­ven­tion of Gam­bling Act.

“More such raids are likely to be con­ducted in other parts of the city,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer from the DCP of­fice said, re­quest­ing anonymity

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