In a nationwide crackdown on gambling, police has conducted a series of raids on major sporting clubs in the country’s capital city Dhaka, over the weekend. The raids came after Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena gave strict warnings to illegal gambling operators in the country and said that that no one would be spared.
The police raided top four sporting clubs and busted illegal gambling activities. Mohammedan Sporting Club, Victoria Sporting Club, Dilkusha Sporting Club, and Arambagh Krira Sangha were raided after the police had confirmed reports of gambling activities taking place.
The sporting clubs hosted casinos and gambling machines which were confiscated. However, the clubs have not been sealed as the sporting activities are allowed, according to Monalisa Begum, additional deputy commissioner (Motijheel division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
“We seized the gambling machine in such a way so that they could not play again with these,” she said.
“When RAB started their raids, these (casinos) were shut down (out of fear). We conducted drives so that they could not resume (running casinos).
“It (clampdown) is a continuous process. We first coordinated with RAB and then began the raids.”
While nine betting tables were seized at the Victoria Sporting Club, two were seized from Mohammedan Sporting Club. In Dilkusha Sporting Club, the police seized one betting table and 13 gambling boards.
Just two weeks ago, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) banned several investors including directors of listed companies from stock trading over their involvement in gambling in 12 shares.