SP SMELLS A RAT IN PALGHAR RESORT RAID FOR GAMBLING

Gaurav Singh, the newly appointed District Superintendent of Police(DSP), Palghar,  had to re-conduct a raid at a Palghar resort, where there was gambling going on in full swing, after the Waliv police arrested only four persons and recovered a mere Rs 6,000 cash from them. But, an informer tipped off the senior official, that gambling was still going on, despite the raid, which invited the ire of the official, who ordered a second raid on the same resort, and arrested 64 persons involved in gambling, and recovered Rs 1.63 crore worth of cash, vehicles and mobiles from the accused. The accused were from Vadodara, Kheda, Anand (in Gujarat), Mira Road, Borivali and some of the accused were from Udaipur, who would arrive in swanky cars at the resort, only for gambling,said Palghar police.Meantime, the SP is all set to initiate an inter departmental inquiry into the gambling raid done by the Waliv police, and there are likely some action on senior police officials of the Waliv police station is likely to take place, after the inquiry is completed.

On 1 September night, the Waliv police received information that gambling was in full swing at the Krishna Resort, in Vasai, just off the Mumbai Ahmedabad National Highway,so the police arrived at the resort, and arrested 4 persons and seized only  Rs 6,000 cash for gambling. The Waliv police officials thought all was over, as they had shown to their superiors that action has been taken,  but an informer tipped off Gaurav Singh, DSP,Palghar and said that gambling was still going on at the resort in the various rooms which was converted as halls for gambling. A furious Singh then ordered his special team to reconduct the raid,without informing the Waliv police, and during the second raid at the same resort, the Palghar police arrested 64 accused, including the resort owner,Harish Thakur and the kingpin of the gambling racket, Rirish Shetty and Samnit Shetty. Said Hemant Katkar, PRO, Palghar Police, we seized rs 8.63 lakh cash, 48 expensive mobiles, worth Rs 4.89 lakhs, 10 high end vehicles, like Innova, Fortuner, etc. worth Rs 1.50 crore and the total seizure was Rs 1.63 crore. The arrest were made under the Maharashtra Gambling Act, 1887 and all the accused were released on bail,said Katkar. The accused hailed from various cities in Gujarat, Rajasthan, besides from Thane and Borivali,said Katkar. All the accused were playing Teen Patti,a card game and were gambling heavily,said police sources.

 DSP SPEAK

Gaurav Singh, IPS, SP, Palghar said we raided the resort and arrested the 64 accused, though one is absconding and seized materials and cash. I have received a default report of the entire raid conducted by the Waliv police and after going through the report, I will institute an inter-departmental inquiry into the incident, and we will not spare officials, if they are found guilty of siding with the accused,said Singh. As I am busy in the security arrangement of CM Devendra Fadnavis to Jawhar on Thursday, I am taking a serious note of the case,he said.