In Muktsar, 27 held for gambling in fortnight - ECAS Punjab

In Muktsar, 27 held for gambling in fortnight

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Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, November 22

Not caring two hoots for the police, the gambling mafia or 'satta' operators have become so active in Muktsar district that they are making public announcements to lure people into the illegal trade. In the past fortnight, at least 27 people have been arrested for gambling activities in the district.

A perusal of police records revealed that in most of the FIRs, the 'satta' operators had the same modus operandi as they were making public announcements to lure people for gambling. Further, sources said some of the arrested were history-sheeters.

The records showed that 12 people were arrested by the Malout (City) police, seven by the Lambi police, six by the Muktsar (City) police and two by the Gidderbaha police. Maximum 10 cases of gambling activities were registered on November 10 at the Malout (City) police station.

Meanwhile, sources said some people were involved in the illegal business of online lottery at Mandi Killianwali, which is located on the Haryana border.

"We have arrested a number of people, but they come out on bail and again indulge in this illegal activity. We have told our sources to inform us immediately if someone is doing 'satta' anywhere in the district," said a police officer.

A senior police officer said, "The high number of cases indicates that we are taking action against all those involved in the illegal practice."

from The Tribune

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