More than 60 arrests have resulted from the raid of a former Indian Congressional Chief. Madhya Pradesh Police swarmed the late Dharmendra Sonkar’s home on November 7, arresting his brother and confiscating weapons and money.
The raid consisted of more than 200 policemen who, on suspicion of running a gambling den, went after Gajendra Sonkar, nicknamed Gajju. According to one outlet, they seized 17 firearms, ammunition, Rs 7.5 lakh ($10,129 USD) and “relics of deer.”
Siddharth Bahuguna, Jabalpur Superintendent of Police, said: “The police came to know about illegal gambling from a house owned by Gajendra Sonkar. When police raided the house, 41 people were found to be gambling.”
“During the raid, the police also found a large number of weapons and ammunition, including carbines, pistols, rifles, in-country pistols, revolvers and air guns,” he said. The Sonkar brothers are also going to face other criminal cases, Bahuguna noted.
In either of the current papers, how the police knew Gajendra Sonkar was running a gambling den is not clearly mentioned. However, in March of this year, Gajendra ‘s brother, Dharmendra, was shot dead. It was stated at the time that as they were competing gambling den owners, his assailants had animosity with him, so the family business seems pretty obvious.
India has yet to regulate gambling in much of the country, although it is becoming increasingly easier to access grey and black-market options. Although some provinces are seeing increasingly dubious offers from China, other regions are still going with the old school gambling den as their unlicensed option for gambling.
As has been noted at so many gambling industry events, it remains an dangerous practise for so many, as long as gambling is illegal and unregulated in India, but one they will continue to chase. A minor gambling ring in Jabalpur may now have been shut down by India, but only after the death of a former Congressman, and for what gain?