3 video par­lours in Vashi raided, 26 held for gam­bling

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

VASHI: Around 26 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the owner of one of the three video par­lours, were ar­rested for gam­bling at Vashi on Wed­nes­day. The po­lice have also seized prop­erty worth Rs18.05 lakh, in­clud­ing Rs2.18 lakh cash, from the ac­cused.

Act­ing on a tip- off, the DCP (zone 1) squad con­ducted raids at the video par­lours at Sec­tor 2 and made the ar­rests. The ar­rested owner has been iden­ti­fied as Abid Mansuri, 43, owner of Wel­come Video Game. “The own­ers of the other two par­lours got to know about the raid and fled. We hope to ar­rest them soon,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from the DCP squad.

“The owner would take money from cus­tomers and gam­ble it with dif­fer­ent video games, turn­ing their video par­lours into gam­bling dens,” said po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Rohan Ba­gade of the DCP squad. “We have seized 38 video game ma­chines, 40 com­put­ers and Rs2.18 lakh cash from them,” he added.

The po­lice have booked the sus­pects un­der sec­tions 4 and 5 of the Bom­bay Pre­ven­tion of Gam­bling Act. They will be pro­duced be­fore the juridi­cal court on Thurs­day.

Sha­haji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1), said, “We con­duct raids when we get to know about the il­le­gal busi­ness. We don’t want the cul­prits to turn video par­lours into gam­bling dens. More such raids are likely to be con­ducted in other parts of the city.”

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