40 arrested for gambling, flesh trade from Kasauli

Tribune News Service

Solan, April 7

The police today arrested more than 40 persons, including nine women, involved in gambling and flesh trade during a raid in a hotel near Kasauli.

On a tip-off, a team, led by DSP Ramesh Sharma, DSP, Parwanoo, Yogesh Rolta and about 35 policemen, raided the hotel on the Dharampur-Kasauli road late last evening.

“Thirty men and four women were found playing gambling at the hotel’s basement hall. As many as 22 packs of cards, 3,500 coins and Rs 13.92 lakh were seized from them. They have been booked under the Gambling Act,” said Rolta.

Nine women, aged 23 to 30 years, from Ludhiana, Moga, Zirakpur and Chandigarh arrived at the hotel yesterday and were to stay for two days. Some men were also caught with girls in rooms.

A Kaithal agent had brought the women here and it was being inquired whether such groups had been visiting the hotel earlier too, said Rolta.

“A sum of Rs 4,500 was being charged from each person by the hotel. There are 40 rooms in the hotel,” added Rolta.

A case under the Gambling Act as well as the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act has been registered and further inquiry was under way.

Another such case was also reported from a hotel at Kumarhatti some years ago.

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