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Deputy mayor faces property seizure

Gaya deputy mayor Mohan Srivastava seems to be in deep trouble.

Patna police have started the process of confiscating Srivastava’s ill-gotten property under the provisions of the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act, 1967. Lodged at Beur Central Jail, Srivastava faces charges of rape and immoral behaviour.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said Srivastava, a resident of Vairagi village under the jurisdiction of Dhelha police station in Gaya, was arrested with six associates from an upscale hotel on January 7.

“We have sought details of Srivastava’s assets from our counterparts in Gaya so that his ill-gotten property could be attached under the provisions of the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act,” Maharaaj told The Telegraph on Sunday.

A Gaya police team on Saturday raided Srivastava’s house to apprehend his wife, Manisha, who owns a men’s parlour in the town. Neither was she present in the house nor was her parlour open.

Gaya SSP Nishant Kumar Tiwary said he had sought details of the couple’s property from the house officer of Kotwali police station.

“We have learnt that the couple were involved in running a sex racket and have amassed huge property through illegal activities,” he added.

Tiwary said the premises on which the parlour was located had been sealed. “Action has been taken against Manisha under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act,” he said, adding that the house officer of Kotwali police station has been told to gather inputs about the controversial couple’s sources of income.

Sources said Gaya Sadar sub-divisional officer Maqsood Alam pasted a notice on the parlour asking its owner to remove the belongings within a week. The Gaya SSP said the Kotwali SHO had been asked to petition the court to take Srivastava in police remand for interrogation in connection with the alleged sex racket.

Meanwhile, security around Srivastava and Anita Devi has been tightened in the jail. The duo have been accused of luring minor girls from remote areas to force them into flesh trade.


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