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Delhi farmhouse, venue of TV soaps, ran illegal casino, 13 luxury cars seized

An illegal casino and bar were being run inside a 13-acre farmhouse in Fatehpur Beri in south Delhi. Police also seized 13 luxury cars from the site.

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2017 22:12 IST
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Police arrested 30 people from the site, including 14 players and five female attendants. (Picture: Sourced)

A Delhi Police team scaled the walls of a farmhouse to raid an illegal casino and bar operating out of a sprawling 13-acre plot in Fatehpur Beri on Tuesday night.

According to Chinmoy Biswal, additional DCP (south), the farmhouse located on the Dera Mandi Road has served as location for shooting films and TV soaps. “Some popular crime shows and daily soaps are shot here. The palatial structure of the farmhouse makes it a favourite destination for such shootings,” said Biswal.

The police arrested 30 persons from the site, including the alleged owner of the farmhouse, 14 players, 10 organisers and five female attendants. Thirteen luxury cars were also seized from the farmhouse that mostly had businessmen and property dealers from Delhi-NCR as its customers.

Sources said they had been informed about the casino few days back and they were waiting for the right opportunity to raid it when there would be ample evidence of the crime. The raid finally happened on Tuesday night after a tip-off by an informer.

“The main gates of the farmhouse were heavily guarded. So our men scaled the walls of the farmhouse from a forested side at around 11pm and gained access to the casino,” said Biswal. Inside, many people were found gambling on four big casino tables.

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Police arrested the people present there. “We have seized the evidence which also includes chips worth crores. We have registered three FIRs in this connection and have invoked the Delhi Police Gambling Act and Delhi Excise Act,” said Ishwar Singh, DCP (south).

Police also arrested Suresh Yadav, the alleged owner of the farmhouse. “Yadav had rented out his farmhouse to three men to run the casino in May this year. He was present inside the casino at the time of the raid,” Biswal alleged.

While the casino customers and women attendants were granted bail by a city court on Wednesday, the owner and the casino managers were sent to judicial custody, said Biswal.

In the past too, south Delhi farmhouses have been found running illegal casinos. In October 2016, casinos in Sainik Farms and Vasant Kunj were busted.

At the Vasant Kunj casino, the police found three large casino tables, stake money of Rs 43,500, seven packets of playing cards, 2,968 gambling tokens worth crores and 85 bottles of liquor.

In the past too, south Delhi farmhouses have been found running illegal casinos. In October 2016, casinos in Sainik Farms and Vasant Kunj were busted.

At the Vasant Kunj casino, the police found three large casino tables, stake money of Rs 43,500, seven packets of playing cards, 2,968 gambling tokens worth crores and 85 bottles of liquor.

Businessmen, builders and share brokers were among 36 people arrested after police busted a “casino” set up for Diwali in a farmhouse in south Delhi’s posh Sainik Farms, busted a week before the one in Vasant Kunj.

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 12:47 IST