Activist runs amok over illegal FIFA World Cup 2018 betting in India’s Sikkim
An anti-gambling activist in India went into full beast mode after busting an open betting in the Himalayan state of Sikkim.
The Voice of Sikkim reported that activist Noel Sharma channeled his inner Jesus Christ as he hurled and kicked the hoarding of Golden Gaming Company, which he caught running a betting operation on FIFA World Cup 2018.
Several people and children witnessed how an angry Sharma unleashed his brute force as he vandalized the stall of Golden Gaming, which had been allegedly luring its customers to gamble by letting them play a darts-like game where they could strike the flag of the country they think will win the 2018 World Cup.
The company reportedly offered a Rs 1,000 ($14.80) coupon for those who will visit and participate their gaming arena located at their three betting places, according to Sharma.
Gangtok Municipal Corporation, which oversees gambling in the area, pointed out that Golden Gaming does not have the permit to facilitate sports betting but the firm was permitted to put up a stall to promote FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
Taking matters into his hands, the activist confronted the people running the Golden Gaming stall and asked whether they have permits to openly run betting in the area, according to reports. Then, he went on a frenzied rage inside the Golden Gaming stall after he didn’t get the right answer he was looking for.
Golden Gaming filed a vandalism complaint against Sharma and his alleged cohort, Pushkar Pandey, before the Sadar Police station. The police acted swiftly on Golden Gaming’s complaint and arrested the duo.
Both Sharma and Pandey have decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike after their arrest to protest the prevalence of gambling and online betting in Sikkim. Sharma claimed that Sikkim is burdened with serious social issues like gambling.
With only less than two days before the World Cup 2018 kicks off, gaming regulators across the globe have launched crackdowns on illegal sports betting and online sports betting.
In Asia alone, there were numerous reports of authorities busting criminal syndicates that were using online and mobile platforms to place bets. Gaming analysts forecast that worldwide illegal betting this year may top the previous record during the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil due to the close proximity of Russia and its time zones with countries in the Asia region.
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