Gambling, Illegal Sale Of Lottery Tickets Gets Rampant

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SRINAGAR — The gambling as well as the illegal sale of lottery tick­ets was rampant in Srinagar city with police having arrested a large number of youth from dif­ferent parts while indulging in the illegal activities.

Police officials said that they have intensified routine check­ing to prevent the gambling. But many residents said that the steps by the authorities were in­adequate. In a fresh case report­ed here on Saturday, police said that they arrested four gam­blers and recovered stake money here from their possession. Act­ing on a tip-off, a police party from police station Kralkhud raided a gambling din at Basant Bagh , Gaw Kadal near here and arrested four gamblers.

Police also recovered stake money, a police official said, adding that the gamblers were identified as Zahoor Ahmad Na­jar, Shahnawaz Ahmad Tramboo, Jamsheed Ali Mala and Abdul Majid Kant. Earlier last month a police party of police station Nowhatta raided a gambling site near Khawaja Bazar and appre­hended three gamblers.

Police officials said that a number of cases have come to their notice, in which a quick action was initiated against the people and many arrests were made as well. On November 18, last year, police arrested nine gamblers and recovered stake money from their possession during a raid at Khawaja Bazar. In the raid the stake money of Rs 11,300 was also recovered while as gambling cards were also seized from the youth.

On the same day, a police party of police station Khan­yar raided a gambling site near Babademb and apprehended six gamblers along with the stake money of Rs 10,530 and gam­bling cards. On December 4 last year, Srinagar police arrested six gamblers in Noorbagh area of Srinagar and recovered stake money of Rs 13500 from the gambling site.

According to police officials besides playing the cards, the youth have also been buying lot­tery tickets which are banned in the state. On December 24, police arrested three lottery sell­ers in Lalchowk area of Srinagar. A police official said that they acted on a specific information regarding the presence of lot­tery sellers in Lal Chowk area in Srinagar police arrested three lottery sellers who were cheat­ing common masses at Abi Gu­zar area. “The arrested persons were found selling lottery inside a vehicle,” said an official, adding that a “ cash amount of rupees 33,080, 3 mobile phones and other relevant material was re­covered from their possession,” he said. Earlier in November, po­lice arrested five lottery sellers also in Lalchowk area. A police party of police station Kothibagh apprehended 5 lottery ticket sellers and also seized “6 mobile phones as well as lottery tickets from their possession.” The lot­teries were sold from an auto rickshaw. According to police the youth were resorting the gam­bling even in the Khanyar area near Dastageer Sahib shrine. During a raid in September last year five gamblers were arrest­ed and stake money of rupees 12,820 was recovered from the gambling site near the shrine.

The stake money in the gam­bling remains as high as few thousand to even a lakh. “We arrested four gamblers and re­covered stake money of rupees 7050 from a spot at Soura. We raided a gambling site at grave­yard Umerhair and apprehended four gamblers from the spot,” said a police official.

The police have registered many FIRs and even said that people can contact them on 100 in case of complaints.

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