25 people were arrested in a raid on ‘VIP gambling den’ in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu.
Kathmandu police confirmed that 25 people were arrested in an operation on an illegal gambling den operating in Maharajgunj of Kathmandu in the wee hours of Sunday.
The gambling den was a posh and sophisticated setup which was almost like a mini-casino where VIPs and high-rollers would visit.
In the road the police also seized multiple gaming machines and equipment and confiscated NPR 26.7 million in cash. Moreover, a cheque of NPR 300,000 was also seized.
The police revealed that they had received a tip-off about an illegal online gambling operation going on at a private house near Hotel Shambala.
Those arrested will now face charges according to the country’s Gambling Act.
Earlier in August, before the start of the festive season, the police in Nepal launched a nationwide drive against illegal gambling arresting 24 people on charges of illegal gambling.
Nepal allows only foreigners at its licensed casinos; gambling remains illegal. Recently, the government introduced distinct measures to protect customer data. As the casino gambling industry in the small Himalayan country is still evolving, casinos had no proper record of patrons and visitors. Following the new rules, all casinos in Nepal have to maintain a proper record of visitors.
The government has restricted the casinos from allowing entry to people who have been found to be involved in suspicious activities and to inform the police if they come across any suspicious activity from the visitors.
The casinos have also been asked to make sure that no locals are allowed in the premises as the existing gambling regulations forbid Nepalese people to wager at local casinos. Only foreigners can visit casinos in Nepal.