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12 women rescued, 5 held for running sex racket in Pune

Posted on Jan 31, 10:52AM | UNI

Pune, Jan 30 : The social security cell of the city crime branch busted a sex racket, arrested five men for allegedly running the racket and rescued 12 women, in upscale Koregaon Park area of the city.

One of the rescued women is from Uzbekistan, seven are from Bangladesh, one is from Nepal and three are Indians, said police, who suspect it to be a part of a larger inter-state racket.

Acting on a tip-off from local MNS corporator Babu Wagaskar, a team of social security cell officials sent a decoy customer to a plush apartment located on lane number 7 in Koregaon Park last evening. After confirming that a sex trade racket was being operated from there, the police team raided the Duplex apartment and rescued the girls aged between 19 and 25 years, police said.

The five accused were arrested under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). They were produced before a magistrate today afternoon, who remanded them to police custody till tomorrow.

The arrested suspects were identified as Ramdev Kharbu Yadav (37) of Hazaribag in Jharkhand, Ismail Kausar Shaikh (23) of Lature, Vyankatesh Vegannarao (38) of Andhra Pradesh, Yogesh Suresh Pawar (27) of Nagpur and Mahadev Musule (25) of Mamded, all of them residents of E/3 apartment in Gold Field Plaza, Lane number 7 of Koregaon Park.

Police believe the suspects are connected to a bigger inter-state racket.

"Suspect Ismail Shaikh is a history sheeter. We had earlier arrested him in a similar case. Investigation is on to know how these suspects hailing from different parts of the country came together for operating a brothel in Koregaon Park," said inspector Bhanupratap Barge.

Meanwhile, investigation also revealed that the 21-year-old Uzbekistan girl was earlier arrested in a PITA case in Bangalore. She speaks fluent Hindi and so police suspect she has been staying in India for a long time. A search is on for the apartment owner.

An offence has been registered at Koregaon Park police station in this regard, police added.