The role played by the Una police in the “Satta” operations being run in the district is under scrutiny. According to the sources, in the recent past, Una police had filed 80 cases against “Satta” operators under the Gambling Act of India. Most of those cases were filed on the outskirts of the district nearby to Punjab. Sanjeev Gandhi, SP, ordered an inquiry to investigate the involvement of the police officers posted in the respective areas where most of the gambling cases were filed from. A hearing was being headed by an additional SP rank officer. The sources said the active involvement of certain Una police personnel had been discovered in the racket.
Gandhi said the vastness of “Satta” operations in the district could be estimated from the fact that in a single day, 24 cases were lodged by a special team assigned to the job. As it is a bailable offence under the Gambling Act, most of the accused had to be released from the police custody. However, at the time of the interrogation, the accused revealed that earlier they used to transfer money collected under the “Satta” operations through a bank. However, with the increased surveillance, they were transferring money in wads of cash.
The SP said as soon as the investigation would complete, action would be taken against the police officers who are involved in this racket.
Police sources said “Satta” was an organised gambling racket being run at the pan-country level. It was being operated by the organised underworld. It is a single digit lottery. People gamble on a unique number and are promised about ten times to 70 times the amount they invest. The money spent in the gambling racket is collected by agents who operate randomly. The award money is also paid to winners through these agents only. The agents act from some shops or residential buildings and the stalls of official lotteries being run by some states. Every day people invest in a single digit, and the winning number is revealed to the agents by the evening which is then informed to the investors. Investors collect award money from the agents and the agent transfers rest of the money to the primary person operating the racket in Delhi. The entire business is being run on faith. Police officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity said persons running the “Satta” racket had amassed huge properties without any known sources of income that were now under the scanner of the investigating agencies.