The Delhi Police on Friday busted a casino at a farmhouse in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj, the second such incident in a week, and arrested eight persons from the spot.
The police raided the farmhouse in Park Lane and found three large casino tables, stake money R43,500, seven packets of playing cards, 2,968 gambling tokens worth crores and 85 bottles of liquor from the spot.
Among those arrested, four are women from Nepal who were earlier working as attendants in various casinos of Goa. The rest are businessmen who were gambling.
Police said the casino had three tables that could accommodate around 20-30 players. Police registered two separate cases under the Delhi Public Gambling Act and Delhi Excise Act at the Vasant Kunj (south) police station.
On October 21, police had arrested 30 persons for gambling at a farmhouse in south Delhi’s Sainik farms area.
In the present case, police said the farmhouse belongs to a woman named Madhu Bala, a resident of Kishangarh, Delhi. It was rented to Gulshan Arora, whom police said is the organiser and one of the players.
Arora told police that he had stayed in Goa for many years and was well versed with the operations of a casino.
Arora hails from Gurgaon and had paid R2.5 lakh as monthly rent for the farmhouse. Police are probing the role of the landlady in running the casino.
The eight arrested are Tushar Baweja (25), Pawan Sharma (29), Manish Verma (23), Gulshan Arora (32), Januka Chaulagai (24), Kamla Koirala (25), Radha Tamang (35), Anjila Shakya (19).
An investigator said the casino started on October 12 by Arora, who dabbles in real estate across the NCR region. He had started the casino, hoping to earn money this festive season.
Additional DCP (south) Nupur Prasad said there was no entry fee and betting started from around R3 lakh. “The landlady was given rent for three months in advance. The lady made the agreement quickly with the accused because the farmhouse lies in a secluded place and rates are not very high.”
Investigators said, the farmhouse is close to Gurgaon and the organiser’s idea was having clients from there. Police said Arora spoke to many brokers who helped him to bring the four women as attendants. They were paid depending on the profits from the game.
During questioning, Arora told that one of his friends had brought the casino tables from Singapore. Investigations are on to know how many people have visited the casino so far.