Police bust casino in Sainik Farms, 36 people arrested
A casino being run illegally in South Delhi’s posh Sainik Farms area was busted by Delhi Police on Sunday. As many as 36 people including the organisers, players and casino staff have been arrested. Tokens worth Rs 1.36 crore, 23 bottles of liquor, 250 packets of playing cards were seized from the spot. The police also seized 11 luxury cars from the premises.
The owner of the premises, identified as Harender Kaushik, and his partner in the casino business Kunal Chandra are absconding since Saturday night when the police team carried out the raid. However, four persons who were the organisers of the casino operation are now under police custody.
Police said that they would seek court’s approval to seal the property under provisions of the Delhi Gambling Act as it was being used as a gambling den.
According to the police, a tip-off was received and a joint team of South district police conducted a raid at J-255, Sainik Farms. The raiding party found that around two dozen people were playing casino in the premises on five tables.
“Tokens worth Rs 1.36 crore, 23 bottles of liquor, 250 packets of playing cards and 11 vehicles were seized from the spot. A total of 36 persons including players, table attendants and proprietors/partners were arrested. Two separate cases under Delhi Gambling Act and Delhi Excise Act have been registered at Neb Sarai police station,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Ishwar Singh.
According to sources, the casino was started around seven months ago. The boundary wall of the farm house, where the casino was being run, is above 10 feet in height and one person was assigned to constantly monitor outside activity through CCTV cameras installed on the main gate.
There were five tables in the casino and the players, mostly well-known businessmen, used to come in their luxury cars around midnight to gamble. The casino used to open around midnight and continued till early morning. Illegal alcohol was being served to the players, police said.
“The players used to buy the tokens or chips varying from Rs 100 to Rs 1 lakh and gamble. After losing or winning, the next day the money was exchanged,” source added.