Police in the Indian city of Mumbai have announced that they have conducted investigations into illegal online gambling and have revealed that servers for the sites are located in the city.
The revelation was announced by Mumbai Police Spokesman Pravin Patil, who said that the police are investigating the issue, and are determining whether or not international firms are involved in the illicit activity. He went on to say that more than 300 cafes throughout the city are offering illegal betting and that when confronted with a block that operators are finding ways to circumvent the law.
Commenting on the issue Patil said, “We think Internet gambling is a trend picking up with gamblers. Such players are difficult to trace and apprehend as they can gamble from the comfort of their homes using their computers.”
Internet cafes in Mumbai are facilitating the bets by selling login IDs and passwords to punters, who spend between 20,000 and 30,000 rupees. The players then play in cafes, cashing out any winnings at the same site.