Mayor’s heroics: Walks into gambling den, slaps gambler

Updated on Jul 22, 2015 09:51 AM IST
High drama was witnessed in Sector 26 grain market when city mayor Poonam Sharma entered a gambling den and slapped one of the gamblers. The incident happened at around 8.30 pm, when Sharma had gone to buy vegetables in the market, where some women complained about people indulging in gambling in the market.
A video grab showing mayor Poonam Sharma catching hold of one of the gamblers, Rocky, who held her hand when she slapped him at the Sector 26 grain market on Tuesday night. HT Photo
A video grab showing mayor Poonam Sharma catching hold of one of the gamblers, Rocky, who held her hand when she slapped him at the Sector 26 grain market on Tuesday night. HT Photo
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

High drama was witnessed in Sector 26 grain market when city mayor Poonam Sharma entered a gambling den and slapped one of the gamblers. The incident happened at around 8.30 pm, when Sharma had gone to buy vegetables in the market, where some women complained about people indulging in gambling in the market.

The mayor went to one of the shops, where some people were gambling and she caught hold of one of them, identified as Rocky, by the neck and slapped him repeatedly. Other gamblers, however, managed to flee.

Later, the mayor informed the police, who arrested Rocky and recovered Rs 3,900 from the spot.

Speaking to HT, Poonam Sharma said, “When I reached the market, some women complained of the practice of gambling there and they showed me the place. I reached the shop and saw a group gambling. I caught hold of one of them and slapped him. I will not tolerate any nonsense in the city and have informed the senior police officers and those from the administration.”

Sector 26 SHO Poonam Dilwari said a case had been registered against Rocky and a sum of Rs 3,900 was recovered from the spot. “A probe is on and soon we will arrest the remaining accused,” she said.

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