Notorious Indian gambling organizer Chikoti Praveen has been arrested in a Thai police raid at a makeshift casino in Pattaya. The arrest comes as India drafts new gambling regulations, potentially impacting individuals like Praveen. Thai police seized assets including gambling chips, cards, tables, and electronic devices during the operation.
Chikoti Praveen, a notorious figure in India for his involvement in casinos and gambling, has been apprehended in a significant police raid in Thailand. Praveen was one of at least 83 Indian tourists detained during the operation, which took place in the early hours of Monday (May 1) at the Asia Pattaya Hotel in Bang Lamung District. Over 12 million dollars had been generated through a makeshift casino established in the hotel's convention center.
Praveen, infamous for organizing gambling activities from Big Daddy in Goa to casinos in Nepal, had arranged for gamblers from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad to visit his temporary casino in the Thai hotel. Thai police chief Pol Maj-Gen Kampol Leelaprahphporn revealed in media reports that a logbook containing gambling credits worth more than 12 million dollars was confiscated from the hotel.
According to media reports, Thai police also seized gambling chips valued at over 2 million USD, along with 25 sets of cards, three blackjack tables, four baccarat tables, 92 mobile phones, eight CCTV cameras, three computers, and a large sum of Indian rupees.
The Hindu quoted the Thai police chief as saying,
"We received a tip-off that several tourists from India had checked into the hotel on Saturday and were scheduled to check out on Monday. We were also informed that the convention hall of the hotel had been converted into a makeshift casino for the tourists. Sitranan Kaewlor, 32, admitted to being responsible for the accommodation and gambling venue. She disclosed that the Indian tourists were charged 50,000 Baht each, and a room for gambling was rented for 1,20,000 Baht, operating from 1 p.m. to 6 a.m, with hotel staff prohibited from entering the room."
Chikoti Praveen is already on the radar of investigation agencies in India, including the Enforcement Directorate. He faces allegations of violating foreign exchange regulations.
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