The Deniyaya police arrested 53 persons including nine women who were involved in illegal gambling in the Deniyaya area when the police conducted a massive raid during the last two days.
Police said that the suspects were involved in gambling for a considerable time period and the raids were carried out after gathering valuable information from the public in the area.
Police also stated that they have received a number of complaints against the gambling dens operated in the area. The police found cash worth around Rs.100,000 that the suspects possessed at the time of the arrest.
The suspects were produced before the Matara Magistrate and the police are conducting further investigations into the incident. (Supun Dias & Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk)