Illegal Online Casino in India Gets Busted
As part of a continued effort to curb illegal online gambling, an illegal online casino in Delhi, India was busted last weekend. The casino was being run from a location within the city’s Krishna Kunj area. The raid resulted in the arrest of 6 individuals, according to local media reports.
The arrested individuals claimed that they were forced to run the illegal casino to make ends meet. It is believed that they were all unemployed.
The group operated the illegal online casino as part of a cyber café, which boasted several desktop systems and PlayStation consoles. The desktop systems were being used to run the betting operations. The arrested men are Sachin Kumar, Pankaj Mishra, Rishi Kesh, Sunny Chabria, Rohit Sharman, and Amit Kashyap.
To run their operations, the crew had installed betting software in the PlayStations, which were connected to the PCs. This formed the key structure of their operations. The raid was carried out by Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Singh and his team.
The bidding strategy required customers to place bids worth Rs. 1000 minimum and winners were promised Rs. 36,000, according to police reports. The reports also indicated that the senior organizer among the arrested was a repeat offender. He is believed to have been arrested in the past for running a similar operation.
Illegal Gambling in India
Illegal gambling/wagering in India has been growing in the last few years. In 2016, around 1,098 cases involving illegal gambling were reported and in 2017, this number had reached 1,273. In 2018, there have already been 300 arrests for illegal gambling. This was in the first 3 months alone.
There have been a growing number of arrests as well. In 2016, there were around 3,872 arrests and in 2017, the number of arrests had reached 5.398. As of now, the number of arrests in 2018 is believed to have touched 1000 already.
Some of the arrests made in the past include the one involving Shaina Shaikh, who was taken into custody for running an illegal poker room. The accused using an abandoned construction site in the Kanakia Nagar area to run the operation from. A total of 18 men were arrested. However, two of Shaikh’s partners managed to get away.
One of the partners, a man named Sukesh Kothian, had been arrested in the past for kidnapping a policeman.