Meghalaya’s gambling game ‘teer’ has spread its tentacles up to various places in Guwahati like Khapara, Panjabari, Satgaon, Maligaon, Dharapur, Sopur, Khetri and the Barak Valley districts in the State. The situation, according to allegations, has been complicated with the police collecting commissions from ‘teer’ sub-agents.
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 13: The archers from Meghalaya may not prove their bow prowess in archery in any intertiol events like Olympic, but the archers of the State ‘archery club’, who try their skill in the field on the much revenue-earning gambling game commonly called as ‘teer’ by the local folk, can shoot arrows as far as Khapara, Panjabari, Satgaon, Dharapaur etc., places in Assam. It sounds strange but true that the ‘teer’ of Meghalaya has spread its tentacles up to various places in Assam, including the South Assam towns like Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
The bookies of teer, who are called sub-agents, in Assam have to move from place to place selling tickets in areas like Khapara, Panjabari, Satgaon and even Dharapur. Such sub-agents, according to sources, are literally encouraged by the police as they collect commissions from them. According to sources, Satgaon police collect commissions from the sub-agents of teer from areas like Panjabari. According to sources, teer tickets are sold at as many as five places in the Panjabari area in the city. Though they do not have any regular shop-like structures, the often use the service of small vendors who have shops on road sides. Such sub-agents have been doing a roaring business at place as far as Maligaon Chariali and Dharapur Chariali, as though they have the run of the city in areas like Sopur New Market, Old Market, Khetri, Samata. According to sources, Sopur police have been collecting commissions from the teer sub-agents in these places.