Hong Kong police arrested 16 people on Saturday night who were allegedly betting on cricket in an illegal gambling den in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui.
At 10pm, acting on a tip-off, police officers raided a shop in Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road and arrested 16 men aged between 23 and 47 – 11 Indians, four Pakistanis and one Bangladeshi – who were all watching a cricket match in the shop, the Oriental Daily reported.
One of the suspects arrested on suspicion of operating a gambling den was a 31-year-old Indian holding an Hong Kong identity card. The rest of the suspects, all asylum seekers, were arrested for allegedly gambling.
Officers confiscated about HK$12,000 (US$1,528), 400 Chinese yuan (US$63), a television set, three mobile phones and a book containing betting records, news website HK01.com reported.
The 16 were detained at a police station while investigations continued.