Housewives blow lid off prostitution racket

Cachar police are likely to seal a house at Meherpur area here where a prostitution racket was allegedly being run.

By SWAPNANEEL BHATTACHARJEE in Silchar
  • Published 30.08.18
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Silchar: Cachar police are likely to seal a house at Meherpur area here where a prostitution racket was allegedly being run.

Two housewives, who were allegedly forced to engage in the racket and managed to escape the clutches of the racketeers, informed the police about the existence of the racket and the house from where the racket was being operated.

The racket was being run with around 50-60 young girls and housewives, the duo alleged. They also lodged FIRs accusing five persons - Izafa Mazumder, Rupak Roy, Bulti Roy, Jayashree Saha and Aliya - of assaulting them with sharp weapons. All the five persons are allegedly linked with the prostitution racket.

Izafa, Rupak and Bulti were arrested and produced before a court here on August 10. They are under judicial custody, while Jayashree and Aliya are at large.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Wednesday, Cachar superintendent of police Rakesh Roushan said a notice has been submitted to the district administration in this regard. The house will be sealed and necessary formalities will be followed after the district administration gives a green signal, he said.

Roushan said the matter was being investigated thoroughly and hoped the two absconding persons (accused) would be held soon.

The names of three legislators from the Barak Valley were also dragged into the matter. The housewives, in their statement, had alleged Sonai BJP legislator Aminul Haque Laskar, Borkhola BJP legislator Kishore Nath and Algapur AIUDF legislator Nizam Uddin Choudhury used to visit the house frequently as "customers".

The housewives, however, later changed their statement during police interrogation and confessed they told the names of the legislators under the persuasion/influence of "some people" and said the legislators had no connection with the matter. This was confirmed by Roushan on August 11.

Sonai legislator Aminul Haque Laskar told The Telegraph on Wednesday afternoon that a letter would be sent to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal within the next one to two days to demand a high-level probe into the matter.