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21 Apr 2022

A farmer from Nashik has lodged a complaint against two people for allegedly forcing him to gamble online to make quick money, in the process of which he lost around Rs 45 lakh since 2018 reported Times of India. 

According to reports, from January 2018 to August 2021, the farmer raised money by entering into an agreement of sale of his land and also took a loan. Over a period of time, he lost Rs 45.44 lakh in online gaming.

The Pimpalgaon Baswant police have arrested the duo and are investigating the case further.
The complainant, a 37-year-old farmer of Pimpalgaon, stated in his complaint that he got acquainted with Pritam Gosavi of Pimpalgaon in 2018. 

Also read: Palghar police boss directs department men to uninstall real money gaming apps

Gosavi owns a cellphone shop. He used to make people do online gambling with the help of another partner in Nashik city. Eventually, Gosavi convinced the farmer that he should play online gambling games, in which he could earn huge sums of money. 

Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey has often stated that online gambling apps should be banned and punishment should be increased for the offences of gambling. The police officer said that the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act should be imposed on such activities. 

Deepak Pandey, an IPS officer of the 1999 batch, took over the charge of Nashik police in 2020. In September, the Nashik Commissioner of Police submitted a detailed report to the Legislative Estimates Committee recommending amendments to the existing Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act, 1887. 

According to a news report last month, the Maharashtra government is mulling to regularize online gaming in the state. The government intends to amend four existing regulations to consolidate web-based gaming. For web-based gaming misrepresentation, the public authorities make rules for detention for up to seven years and a fine of 10 lakh rupees. There are likewise rules of 3-year detention and a Rs. 10 lakh fine on web-based card extortion. In the meantime, web-based gaming organizations are looking for some help.

In September last year, State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Vadettiwar had called for a ban on online gambling apps. Vijay Vadettiwar then said that he would discuss the matter with the Home Minister. In the past three years, several states had enacted stringent laws to restrict online gaming activities including the Maharashtra neighbours Karnataka and Telangana. A petition is currently pending before the Bombay High Court for the declaration of ludo as a game of skill.

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