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18 Apr 2022

Panaji police on Sunday arrested 11 persons for illegal gambling following a raid at Crown Hotel in Panaji, and seized over Rs 27 lakh in cash, among other items including gambling chips reported the NavHind Times. 

Also read: Casino industry integral and indispensable to Goa's tourism: Shrinivas Nayak

Deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Sudesh Naik was quoted saying that the raid was conducted and a case has been registered under provisions of The Goa Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976. The raid was conducted by a team of the Panaji police led by police inspector Suraj Gawas under the supervision of deputy superintendent of police Sudesh Naik.

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Police said the hotel had a casino licence, however, they were conducting live gaming which is not permissible in onshore casinos as per the Gambling Act. Live gaming is currently permissible only in offshore casinos. Onshore casinos are permitted to conduct only electronic gaming.

Gawas said that Kamal Deep Singh, a UP resident; Katikapalli Paramesh, Navin Kumar, Pakker Akhil, all residents of Hyderabad; and Manjunath Chalavadi and Sanjay, both residents of Karnataka, were caught red-handed while playing a game of chance locally known as ‘Andar Bahar’. 

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The police seized different gambling chips numbering 671 of various values, playing cards, two numbers of tables, eight chairs and cash of over Rs 27 lakh.

Gawas said Valmiki Pinheiro, gaming manager and a resident of Salcete, casino dealers Sarvesh, from Sattari, Chandrabahadur Pradhan, from Sikkim, Maniram Tharu, from Nepal, and Nirmal Kumar Chowdhari, cashier and a resident of Nepal, allowed the live card game that was being played in close premises. 

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