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Sleaze racket busted, 6 held

Ranchi police on Tuesday night busted a sex racket following the arrest of six persons, including four girls, from Dipatoli at Panchamnagar in Pundag, around 10km from the heart of capital.

Among the four sex workers, two are minors. The girls hail from Patna, Maner, Bhagalpur and Vaishali, all in Bihar.

The arrested men include the kingpin of the racket Mohammed Javed and a customer identified as one Gautamnath, a resident of Ratu.

Based on a tip-off, a team led by Hatia deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Nisha Murmu raided Javed’s rented house.

Javed originally hails from Patna. He had taken the house on rent from one Someswar Oraon this June.

The police, however, gave a clean chit to Oraon, saying that the house-owner was not aware of Javed’s true colours.

“We had been receiving numerous complaints from the residents of the area that something fishy had been going on at Javed’s house. We were suspicious,” DSP Murmu added.

“It appears that since June, flesh trade had been carried out in the house. After receiving so many complaints, our sleuths had naturally been keeping watch on the place to confirm allegations made by residents,” Murmu added.

The sex workers did not live there. Javed, after striking deals with customers, made arrangements for the women to reach the house, the Hatia DSP added.

The police also seized Rs 1,750, empty bottles of liquor as well as contraceptives.

Murder probe

Chief minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday evening constituted a committee to probe the murder case of former retired military jawan Keshwar Rai. A resident of Sukhdeonagar, Rai was killed during a land dispute in October. The committee will be headed by IG South Chhotanagpur. Hemant stressed on a fair inquiry into the matter.