Police sources said that the arrested businessmen, hailing from Surat and Ahmedabad, were brought into the city by Dinesh Shah, who is wanted in many parts of the country for running illegal gambling operations.
Shah had booked 53 rooms in two hotels in Bangalore, as well as a large party hall, which was converted into a gambling den. He would organise such weekend trips regularly, sometimes booking a whole flight for gamblers from Gujarat. The group would fly out on Friday and return on Monday. However, this was the first time he had organised a trip to Bangalore. In the past, his gambling destinations have included Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Goa, and even the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Hemanth Nimbalkar, the turnover from the gambling tokens seized on Friday could easily be over `15 crore.