Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Salaka Casino Raided again

The 'Salaka Club' racino located at a building in Union Place, Colombo has been raided last night (Nov. 19).

Ten persons who were gambling while the raid took place were arrested and released on police bail last night, reports add.

Sources from Police headquarters say that they were ordered to appear before Fort magistrate on Nov. 25.

A racino is a combined race track and casino and the  'Salaka Club' was initially raided by the organized crime investigation unit of the police on Nov. 04.

After being closed for several days, it was re-opened recently.

At the present, 23 organized crime investigation unit of the police officers involved in the initial raid have received immediate transfers.

Yesterday's raid by the Slave Island police has taken place after police received a tipoff on this. 
Nine staff members including the manager of the place was arrested and a sum of around Rs. 100,000 used for gambling was seized by police.

According to reports, the place is being conducted by a businesswoman named 'Vajira' who has political might and backing of a Defence Ministry bigwig.

However, speaking to media over the weekend the Director General of Media Centre for National Security - Lakshman Hulugalla said that neither him nor Sudharma Neththikumara were connected to this issue.

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