Baramati senior PI, former Pune corporator arrested in gambling den in Mundhwa

The men were found in the den during a raid carried out by Pravin Mundhe, deputy commissioner of police, zone-1 around midnight on Friday. 

pune Updated: Dec 10, 2017 15:54 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Senior police inspector Vijay S Jadhav of Baramati city police station.(HT Photo)

A senior police officer from Baramati and a former corporator from Pune were arrested along with 39 others in a gambling den run under the name of a sports club in Mundhwa area. The men were found in the den during a raid carried out by Pravin Mundhe, deputy commissioner of police, zone-1 around midnight on Friday.

The police official arrested by DCP Mundhe was identified as senior police inspector Vijay S Jadhav of Baramati city police station. They were all taken to the Shivajinagar district court on Saturday afternoon.

The gambling den was run in the premise of a sports club called New World of Sports which was known as a poker club, according to the police. The club was operational on the fourth floor of Kapila Matrix commercial complex which is home to various restaurants and bars. The place is located close to Koregaon Park which is a known attraction for the youth in the city.

While the police inspector was identified as Vijay Jadhav, the former corporator was identified as Avinash Jadhav who is also the manager of the place. A few of the others were identified as Alan Arun Bansode, Sonia Arun Bansode, Soloman Alan Bansode, Rishi Nagpal and Surat Sham Kusalkar.

While the Bansodes are residents of Empire Estate in Chinchwad, Nagpal is from Mahim, Mumbai and Kusalkar is a resident of Model Colony, according to police.

The police had to break the door down during the raid as it was secured by a "hi tech" security system which allowed access only through finger print or an access card, according to a statement released by the police.

The police seized bottles of whiskey, gutkha, cigarettes, machine meant for counting notes, number of playing card decks and poker coins among other things. The arrested people, who were questioned till the afternoon hours of Saturday, told the police that they used poker coins of 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 25,000 denomination on credit instead of cash, according to the police statement.

The men will be booked under the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act. No action was taken against PI Jadhav by the rural police until Saturday evening. The police are investigating whether the place had the required entertainment club permit from the government for a sports club or not.

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 15:54 IST