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5 in net for sex racket

Sambalpur, Jan. 27: Police arrested five persons for their alleged involvement in a sex racket.

Last night, cops raided the rented house of Avian Overseas Limited, a private transport company, at Rengali and also rescued a 23-year-old woman from the house. A notebook containing cell phone numbers of prominent businessmen, contractors and senior officers of private companies was also retrieved from the spot.

The arrested persons were identified as Pradeep Dalei of Patsundarpur under Kakatpur police station of Puri district, Sheikh Tabaraq of Andilo under Balianta police station of Khurda, Sheikh Salman of Ainthapali in Sambalpur, Raj Kumar Sahu of Sindhol under Ulunda police station of Sonepur and Ananta Mallick of Hatiapara under the Rajkanika police station of Kendrapara.

Acting on a tip-off, Rengali police raided the house around 9.30pm.

“The rescued girl is from Calcutta. The police arrested Sheikh Tabaraq and Sheikh Salman from the house. However, Pradeep Dalei and Raj Kumar Sahu were arrested from outside the house,” said sub-divisional police officer P.K. Mohapatra.

“During investigation, it was found that Pradeep Dalei was running the racket and Raj Kumar Sahu was assisting him. They had brought the girl from Calcutta. Sheikh Tabaraq and Sheikh Salman were customers. The fours-wheelers, which were seized, were being used for the transportation of girls and customers to various safehouses,” said Mohapatra.

Pradeep was procuring the girls and running the business at several houses. The police had also raided several places and arrested Ananta Mallick from Sarlakani in Sambalpur. Ananta Mallick was also assisting Pradeep in this trade.

Two more persons — Raj Kumar Patel of Satkama in Kuchinda area of Sambalpur and Dinabandhu Bhoi of Bhatli in Bargarh — are also involved in the racket.

“However, these persons are yet to the arrested,” said Mohapatra.

Dalei and his associates were running this trade in Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Balangir and Sambalpur. They were earlier arrested in Jharsuguda and Attabira for their involvement in similar offences, said Mohapatra.