Driver addicted to rummy, an accomplice robs his former employer, detained

Chennai, Aug 6 (IANS): A motorist, addicted to online rummy games and robbing his former employer to settle his losses, has been arrested.

The 36-year-old, together with his friend, broke into the house of Indumathi, 68, who lived alone on Sheshadripuram Street in Velachery, Chennai and stole jewelry and other valuables from her under the threat of a knife.

The woman filed a complaint with the Velachery police station for having been robbed by two masked men on July 30.

After investigation, the police team discovered that the two masked men had entered her home but they could not identify the pair. However, upon detailed investigation of CCTV visuals along the route, police were able to gather information that the men were not wearing masks from a distance and when the visuals were shown to the elderly woman, she immediately identified one of them as his former driver, Ismail.

The police team reached Ismail’s residence but he had already left the scene and after a prolonged investigation they were able to catch him on Friday in a hideout on the outskirts of Chennai. On Ismail’s information, the police nabbed his accomplice, Abdul Salam (35) whom he had befriended at a liquor store in the city.

During questioning, Ismael told police he was addicted to online rummy and had robbed the woman to fund his online rummy games as well as to settle old debts he had incurred while playing. gambling.

Even after the Tamil Nadu government set up a commission headed by retired judge Chandru to study the threat of online gambling, no action was taken.

Several political parties, including the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and the BJP, had raised the issue of banning online rummy games, but the government has yet to take action.

Many people have lost their lives playing online rummy games and many families have been broken up due to addiction to this game.

PMK State Chairman Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday called in a statement for an immediate ban on online rummy games to prevent further suicides.