Maharashtra:Nagpur-based bizman loses Rs 58 Cr in online gambling

Sunday, 23 July 2023 (11:08 IST)
Nagpur: A Nagpur businessman, who lost a staggering Rs 58 crore in online gambling, seized Rs 17 crore in cash besides14 kg of gold from the house of a bookie who allegedly duped him, a senior police official said on Sunday.
Anant alias Sontu Navratan Jain, the alleged bookie, who had created the online gaming platform, is suspected to have fled to Dubai a day before the raid at his residence in Gondia city, 160 km from Nagpur.
Jain apparently convinced the complainant, a businessman, to explore online gambling as a lucrative avenue of earning money.
"At first the businessman was hesitant but later he was persuaded to invest and he transferred Rs 8 lakh through a hawala agent," said the official.
Jain provided the businessman a link on WhatsApp to open an online gambling account. The businessman found Rs 8 lakh deposited in the account and began gambling, the official said.
After initial success, the businessman's fortunes took a drastic downturn as he lost a whopping Rs 58 crore while winning only around Rs 5 crore," the official said.
The businessman then grew suspicious as he was mostly losing and demanded his money back, but Jain refused.
The businessman lodged a complaint with the cyber police, leading to the registration of a case of fraud under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police subsequently raided Jain's residence in Gondia on Saturday and recovered Rs 17 crore in cash, 14 kg of gold in the form of gold biscuits and jewellery and 200 kg of silver at the house.
Jain, however, gave the police the slip. It is suspected that he has escaped to Dubai, the official said, adding that the total value of the seized assets was yet to be ascertained.
Further investigation was on, he added. (UNI)

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