12:00 AM, November 30, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 30, 2012

Gambling goes on under nose of law enforcers

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Our Correspondent, Lalmonirhat

Nightlong gambling is a common scene at places in Lalmonirhat district, especially during the ongoing dry season, as a section of influential people arrange the illegal pastime that fills the pockets of a few with quick bucks at the cost of losses to many others. The photo was taken from Fulgachh village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila a few days ago.Photo: STAR

Gambling is going on unabated under the nose of law enforcers at different villages in five upazilas of the district.
Local people are worried as their school and college going children also join this illegal act of betting. They alleged that some unscrupulous policemen help the local gangs to arrange gambling at their villages in exchange for money.
Honest police officers sometimes raid the spots, but they can not nab the gamblers as they get information in advance from a section of cops and quit the places, the villagers alleged.
According to Majidul Islam, 55, of Phulgachh village in Sadar upazila, gambling is being arranged at their village every night. Police raided the village several times but they could not find the gamblers on the spot, he said.
Atiar Rahman, 47, of village Barobari in the upazila said, an organised gang had arranged gambling at the village in the name of fair, but police were not taking any action against the culprits as they bribe them regularly.
"We do not dare to raise voice against gambling as unscrupulous policemen and a section of local political activists are helping an identified gang to arrange such illegal game at our village," said Radha Ram Borman, 56, of Dalgram village of Kaliganj upazila.
Gambling is being held at three spots at the village every night but the villagers keep mum, fearing harassment, he said.
A gambler of Satpatki village in Sadar upazila, seeking anonymity, said that they give police men Tk 6,000 to 10,000 per night for a spot. "We get information about raid in advance from the policemen," he added.
Contacted, police superintendent Habibur Rahman said that the law enforcers raid different areas every night to check gambling.
"We are investigating the allegations against some policemen," he said, adding that if the allegations are found true, they would face departmental action.

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