A team from Kotwali police station under the supervision of a magistrate on Wednesday searched Swarglok gents’ parlour in the chowk area after five persons were allegedly found in compromising positions on December 25 evening.
The police team prepared an inventory of the items recovered from the parlour. Although the police did not disclose details of the recovered items, sources said some objectionable items were found.
Gaya sadar sub-divisional officer (SDO) Maqsood Alam said following a request by the police, he had deputed Gaya sadar circle inspector Sanjay Kumar Jha as magistrate. Gaya city deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sonu Kumar Rai said the search operation was a part of the investigation.
On December 25, the cops had arrested three women and two men in an alleged compromising position. The police instituted a case in this connection and forwarded the arrested persons to jail. Gaya city deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sonu Kumar Rai had led the raids.
However, Gaya Municipal Corporation (GMC) councillor Laljee Prasad alleged that the parlour was being run by the wife of the deputy mayor, Akhauri Onkarnath alias Mohan Shrivastava’s wife Manisha Shrivastava, also the owner of the building.
He met the Magadh division deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police Bachchu Singh Meena and handed over a petition seeking action against the deputy mayor and his wife. In his petition, Laljee alleged the deputy mayor and his wife were involved in running the parlour. He demanded an FIR be lodged against the husband-wife duo.
After the petition, Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwari removed Kotwali inspector-cum-station house officer (SHO) Shashibhushan Singh late on Sunday evening and posted Uday Shankar in his place.
The SSP removed the Kotwali inspector on the ground that he did not take any action against the building owner. He just issued notice to the five persons caught during the raids.
On Monday, Gaya sadar sub-divisional officer (SDO)-cum-sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Gaya, Maqsood Alam issued a notice in the name of Manisha Shrivastava. The SDM has asked Manisha to present her side by January 2. Investigating officer of the case and sub-inspector posted at Kotwali police station, Brajendra Kumar Singh, had served the notice on Monday.
The manager of the parlour, Amit Kumar, has refuted allegations. He termed the action one-sided. He claimed both male and female employees worked in the parlour as central excise department has issued licence.
He said at least 15 families earn livelihood from the parlour.
He has requested from Magadh range DIG and the investigating officer (IO) of the case for a transparent inquiry.