Tribune News Service
Solan, April 7
The Kasauli police on Wednesday arrested more than 40 people, including nine women, involved in gambling and flesh trade during a surprise raid in hotel Wood Creek near Kasauli.
A team led by DSP Ramesh Sharma, DSP Parwanoo Yogesh Rolta and about 35 policemen raided Wood Creek hotel located on the Dharampur-Kasauli road following a tip-off and detected nefarious activities late last evening.
“As many as 30 men and four women were found involved in gambling at the hotel’s basement in a hall. As many as 22 packs of playing cards, 3500 gambling coins and cash worth Rs 13.92 lakh were recovered from them in the basement which was nothing less than a professional casino. They have been booked under the Gambling Act,” informed DSP Parwanoo Yogesh Rolta.
Nine women, aged 23 to 30 years, hailing from various towns of Punjab, including Ludhiana, Moga, Zirakpur and Chandigarh, had arrived at the hotel yesterday and were supposed to stay for two days.
Some men were also caught in an objectionable position with some girls in rooms.
A Kaithal-based agent had brought these women here for nefarious activities and it was being enquired whether such groups had been visiting the hotel earlier too, informed Rolta.
“A sum of Rs 4,500 per person was being charged from each person by the hotel as per preliminary enquiry. There are 40 rooms in the hotel,” added Rolta.
The revelation has left the residents shocked who said such hotels besmirch the image of this area.
It has also put a question mark on the hotel management who permitted such nefarious activities.
A case under the Gambling Act as well as the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act has been registered by the Kasauli police and further enquiry was underway.
Another such case was reported from a hotel at Kumarhatti some years ago.
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