Police have conducted raids on four sporting clubs in the latest episode of the crackdown on illegal gambling establishments in Dhaka, reports bdnews24.com.
Law enforcers combed the Arambagh Krira Sangha, Dilkusha Sporting Club, Victoria Sporting Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club on Sunday afternoon, said Motijheel Division’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Shibli Noman.
On the reason for the crackdown, Deputy Commissioner Anwar Hossain said, “It was based on intelligence that these clubs were running illegal gambling and casino operations.”
During the raid on Dilkusha Sporting Club, police found various gambling equipment, including a roulette wheel and a poker table.
Last week, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed indignation over the activities of Jubo League leaders at a meeting of the Awami League’s executive committee.
RAB subsequently raided Young Men’s Club in the capital’s Fakirapool and the home of its President and Dhaka Metropolitan Jubo League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan on Sept 18.
It arrested him and seized Tk 2.4 million from a casino in the club and drugs, a huge cache of foreign currencies and illegal firearms from his home at Gulshan.
It also seized a huge amount of money, counterfeit currencies, drugs and gambling equipment in raids on the Wanderers Club in Fakirapool, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in Gulistan and Golden Dhaka Bangladesh in Banani’s Ahmed Tower the same day.
Illegal gambling in clubs in Dhaka has been reported at different times and the issue even taken to court.
But news of clubs operating slot machines, roulette tables and other casino-style gambling equipment has come as a surprise to many in Bangladesh.