Berhampur, Sept 25 (LocalWire): As many as 31 gamblers have been arrested from three different locations in Ganjam district and Rs. 1.96 lakhs seized from them in the last two days.
A dozen motorbikes and 17 mobile handsets were also recovered from the gamblers, police said.
Three days ago, the police had arrested at least 50 gamblers from different places of the district and seized around Rs. 2 lakhs from them.
Acting on a tip-off, police raided the gambling dens at Ralabha and Pochilima in Hinjili and Babarada under Polsara police station limits in the district.
Gambling is at an all-time high in the run-up to Kumara Purnima, the festival of the youth, held five days after Dussehra, mostly in rural areas.
The police said that they will continue the crackdown against illegally run gambling dens in the district.
All police officers have been instructed to keep a strict vigil on gambling as the Dussehra festival draws closer.