SADIQABAD - The police seemingly have failed to take effective steps to eliminate gambling dens as the malpractice has been mushrooming across the tehsil.

According to the report of a survey conducted by this correspondent, residents of various localities including Saleem, Ameen, Rashid, Shahid and Talib told this correspondent that gambling is overtly being carried out in Old Sadiqabad, Muhajir Colony, Public Colony and several other areas, pointing out that the areas have turned into gambling dens. They said that the gamblers bet hundreds of thousands of rupees in gambling and many of the poor people become victim of this malpractice. “To fulfil the dreaming of getting rich overnight, they bet all their money in gambling which results in nothing but loss,” they informed, adding that many of the losers get involved in snatching and robberies after having been lost their money in gambling. The residents alleged that this gambling mafia is being patronised by the police and influential persons of the city. “Every day, agents of the gambling mafia, hunts new person and “sweep their pockets” by make them lose in gambling.

They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, IG Police Mushtaq Sukhera and Rahim Yar Khan DPO to take notice of the situation and save the people being looted at the hands of gamblers.