Stricter casino regulations spawn illegal gambling dens

In early June, a nondescript three-storey yellow building in a smart area of Lalitpur, south of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, became the site of one of the biggest raids on illegal gambling in the country. The operation was discovered as part of a crackdown on underground betting, which has surged since Nepal introduced new regulation to raise standards in its casino industry, strictly enforcing a locals ban.  The second and third floors of the building were purportedly home to the Career Development Training Institute but in reality hosted an illegal gambling den. A gate led to an adjacent building, which housed the Charkol Lounge and Bar. That June afternoon, several men and women were caught mid-game, playing cards in hand and chips on the baccarat table. The 35-strong police force in plainclothes and under the command of Meera Chaudhary, superintendent of police, rounded up 24 people including three women and three...

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