Positioned in the Western part of the Himalayas, the state of Himachal Pradesh is bordered by Punjab and Chandigarh on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Tibet Autonomous Region on the east, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and Jammu and Kashmir on the north. Rich in hydroelectricity, tourism, and healthy environment, the name of the state, Himachal Pradesh, was derived from the Sanskrit by Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma. Gambling is famous as ‘Challo’ and practised in this state, even if it is illegal in a broader prospect. The frequency is more during the winter season when Snow falls on the Himalayas. Local families gather together to play the games like Teen Patti or Rummy during the winter months.
Himachal police raided Lavi fair in Rampur and seized Rs. 11 lakh gambling money. Total 55 people caught red-handed. The raids were conducted on Saturday and Sunday. As per the local people, the fair lasts four days, but gambling activities continue for over a week. Gamblers from different parts of the country – especially from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Uttarakhand – have been coming to this fair for decades. So to avoid being caught by the police department, the gamblers have started carrying out their trade in the toilets of private houses in Kullu villages.
The Public Gambling Act 1867 bill was prepared by the Lieutenant Governor of North-Western Provinces and the Chief Commissioner of British Burma. A Common Gaming House amplifies a place, house, room, or walled enclosure in which cards, dice, tables or other instruments of gaming are kept or used for profit making. As the law stands, persons cannot be prosecuted for gambling or keeping gaming-houses in such territories. The person is described, under the Indian Penal Code. Section 290, as a guilty person who owns, occupies, or uses such territories. It has eighteen sections that are mentioned below.
Section 01: Interpretation Clause
Section 02: Power to Extend Act
Section 03: Penalty for Owning or Keeping, or Having Charge of a Gaming House
Section 04: Penalty for Being Found in Gaming House
Section 05: Powers to Enter and Authorise Police to Enter and Search
Section 06: Finding Cards, etc., in Suspected Houses, to be Evidence that Such Houses are Common Gaming Houses
Section 07: Penalty on Persons Arrested for Giving False Names and Addresses
Section 08: On Conviction for Keeping a Gaming House, Instruments of Gaming to be Destroyed
Section 09: Proof of Playing for Stakes Unnecessary
Section 10: Magistrate May Require any Person, Apprehended to be Sworn and Give Evidence
Section 11: Witnesses Indemnified
Section 12: Act Not to Apply to Certain Games
Section 13: Gaming and Setting Birds and Animals to Fight in Public Streets
Section 14: offences by whom triable
Section 15: penalty for subsequent offence
Section 16: portion of fine may be paid to informer
Section 18: offences under this act to be “offences” within the meaning of penal code
The lottery is legal only in thirteen Indian states including Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram. It is banned in all other states. Mizoram State Lottery, Nagaland State Lottery, Sikkim State Lottery, and Kerala State Lottery are some popular names in the world of the state lottery. These are highly followed lotteries, and people are excited to get their results. However, the lottery ban is not very effective as these are also operated online. A small number of the operators have introduced the tricks like ‘single-digit’ matches. However, the ‘single-digit’ matches give small prizes on a daily basis. These are lotteries which are being operated by anonymous players.