Casinos throw their lot behind Anna after ‘raid’

Kathmandu, October 25:

A day after the attempted police-raid in Casino Anna, workers and senior officers at the management of casinos in the Valley today

announced protest plans opposing police action against the casinos, saying that it would adversely affect their business.

A joint meeting of the management and workers of all the casinos in the Valley announced protest plans today, Kalpadip Rai, president of the Casino Anna unit of All Nepal Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union, told this daily today.

As per the plan, the casino management and workers would submit a memorandum to the OM tomorrow, organise an hour-long chakka jam at 11 am on Monday and a two-hour chakka jam throughout the Valley on Tuesday. They have also announced Valley bandh on November 1.

“By attacking casinos in the Valley, the Home Minister is trying to create a space for UML cadres in the casinos, as all of them are under the hold of Maoist cadres,” Rai claimed, adding that the frequent raids on casinos would adversely affect the casino business and might also force workers out of their jobs.

“The police officers that came to conduct raid in Casino Anna yesterday failed to produce their ID cards,” Rai said, adding that the government was harassing casino-goers and management.

Ram Krishna Chakradhar, GM, Casino Anna, demanded the government to make necessary changes in the 40-year-old rules and policies that bars Nepalis from

casinos. Adressing a mass meet of casino workers in Maitighar Mandala, TR Bhatta, general manager of Casino Everest and Casino Royal, said the government was creating an environment to shut down the casinos by frequently terrorising tourists on one pretext or the other.