The police launched a massive crackdown on illegal casino centers here on Monday and arrested 17 persons. The police have also seized about 22 computers, two laptops and Rs 2.5 lakh cash from the accused.
Police sources said the department had received information a few days ago that a Faridabad youth, who had been running a stone crusher in Rajasthan, had gone bankrupt and had lost huge amounts of money in gambling.
"We were directed to unearth the casino racket in the city, which has led to several youth losing their money", an official investigating the case said.
The case was entrusted to the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA), which arrested Suraj, a resident of Friends Colony at Ballabgarh in Faridabad district on Friday.
Based on the interrogation of the accused, the police arrested 16 others from different casino centers in the city and produced them before a local court.
An official, on condition of anonymity, said: "The software used in gambling is connected to Mumbai and has a counter in Delhi. Rs 60 casino lines were set up in Faridabad with some main operators staying in guest houses and other residential houses."
The police have registered cases against the 18 accused under sections 418, 420, 464, 468, 470, 471, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code; Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2000; and sections 3, 4 and 14-A of the Gambling Act.
Out of the 18 accused, 17 have been arrested while the remaining accused has absconded.
Faridabad commissioner of police Subhash Yadav said the department was investigating all angles of this case.