The racket blown up by the Organized Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of the Punjab Police in a wedding palace in Mohali has connections to Dubai. The previous investigation also found that notorious gangsters may play a role in how the racket works.
The Indian Express learned from reliable sources that the OCCU team was looking for certain members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang when they reached Banur on that hunt and discovered the gambling bat working in the New Life Marriage Palace.
“The original tip was about the whereabouts of some criminals. The police were shocked when the racket flourished there. The gangsters are also interested in this illegal business, ”the sources revealed.
Sources told The Indian Express that the racket was operated in an organized manner and that all major payments were made online. “The online platforms used for the transactions have servers in Dubai. The online payment gateways were not Indian either. It was run in an organized manner. The investigation will uncover other connections to the racket, ”a source revealed.
The defendants had lower cash flow and small transactions on their accounts, while the larger transactions were conducted through Dubai.
Sources said 1.5 to 2 rupees of money was involved in gambling every day.
OCCU chief IGP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh confirmed that the thug had connections with some gangsters. He said the investigation was ongoing and the accused had been held in police custody for five days. “The investigation continues. Yes, but this thug has a link with gangsters. Our teams are already working on all of the leads, ”he said.
The OCCU team raided the New Life Marriage Palace early Sunday morning and arrested 70 people, including 10 women, in connection with the gambling bat. Paramjeet Singh Pammi, the kingpin of the gambling racket, was also arrested on the spot. Police officers said the women arrested were used as bartenders and dancers.
Police had also recovered Rs 8.42 lakh, 47 vehicles, 40 liquor bottles, playing cards and laptops from the site, making it one of the biggest gambling bats to break in the state.