| The five arrested youths cover their faces at SK Puri police station on Sunday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
A sex racket kingpin’s ploy to run flesh trade in a rented flat in an upscale locality instead of hiring hotel or guesthouse rooms to give police the slip flopped with the arrest of five youths and three teenaged girls on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by the SK Puri police station house officer (SHO), Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, conducted a raid on the flat in the Gokulpath locality and found the youths and the call girls from Bengal in compromising position. Some objectionable articles were also seized.
The three youths — Anil, Soni (both residents of Digha in Patna) and Jitu of Jehanabad — were arrested with the kingpin of the racket, Vinod Kumar, and his accomplice Vinod. Vinod had taken the flat on rent from a lawyer of Patna High Court in early March. A few days later, the residents of the locality sniffed foul play as they noticed suspicious activities in the flat till late in the night and assemblage of disgruntled elements. The SHO said Vinod, a resident of Nawada, had taken the flat on rent for Rs 10,000 per month. The girls from Bengal lived with him in the flat.
Vinod used to bring gullible customers to the flat. They were charged between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000. Dipak, also a resident of Nawada, helped him in getting the customers.
Sources said the girls were promised jobs before they were brought to the city. But once they arrived here, they were forced to seduce the customers in lieu of food and lodging facilities.
“The families of the girls have been informed. They would be handed over to their families after the necessary formalities,” the SHO told The Telegraph.
A senior officer said initially a decoy customer was sent to the flat to verify the information about the sex racket being run from the apartment in the upscale locality. “The tip-off from the residents led to the arrest of the five persons,” he said. The officer, who did not wish to be named, said sex rackets were of late operating from rented flats in upscale localities. “This is safe and chances of getting caught by the police is remote. The residential areas are rarely a target of the police,” he said.
The intensive raids on beauty parlours, which earlier were hubs of flesh trade, also prompted the change in modus operandi.
“We have urged the house owners not to rent out their houses without proper verification of tenants,” the officer said.