With the Janmashtami time period upon us, the city and district police have decided to be more vigilant when it comes to illegal gambling. Playing card games is very popular at this time, and the police with to ensure that those games that are set up as organized gambling activities are stopped, or prevented before they start.
A police representative said: “Gamblers get active during the Janmashtami period. Games played in homes that do not involve the exchange of cash are not considered gambling. We are primarily targeting organized activities where organizers get paid by players.”
At this time, there have already been a number of people caught, and valuables seized to the amount of Rs 1.75 lakh. Earlier this week, police teams had already raided gambling spots in a number of areas. These areas include Asarwa, Ejaznagar, Narol, and Shastrinagar.
Many families in Gujarat play cards, including games such as teen patti and rummy, in the time that leads up to the Janmashtami festival. Those families that are more affluent will even use playing cards that have been gold or silver plated. It has even been heard of that there are decks of cards made of pure silver. These family games are not considered to be illegal.
While gold and silver plating cards is seen in places where high rollers can be found, such as Las Vegas in the United States, the Gujarati jewelers have said that they have received a lot of orders for gold and silver plated cards.
Many of the cards that are plated with precious metals are imported into INdiaA dealer of wholesale silver and gold decks of cards, Nayan Bhagat, said: “In the last few days, over 2,000 packs of gold and silver playing cards have been sold in Ahmedabad. The price ranges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 15,000 per pack. The demand for such playing cards is high ahead of Janmashtami.”