Sex racket busted, lawyer, tax practitioner remanded in custody
AURANGABAD: The special branch of the city police have busted a prostitution racket which was allegedly formed through social networking app, WhatsApp and had an international list of call girls. The officials nabbed a lawyer, a tax practitioner along with a couple of high-profile call girls hailing from different parts of the country in a raid carried out late on Friday night.
Sources said that the brothel was popular for serving to high-profile people and for allegedly providing call girls of different nationalities but it evaded action due to the proximity of the owner to influential politicians and government officials in different parts of the country.
The main accused and operator of the brothel was not found at his residence behind Maa-Baap Dargah on Paithan road, at the time of the raid carried out by the special branch and the women police squad from the women redressal cell.
The arrested accused have been identified as Parab Jugalkishor Navandar (38) and Ashish Bankatwal Biyani (22), both residents of Cantonment area in the city. Police said that Navandar is a practising lawyer, while Biyani is a tax practitioner. The duo has been remanded in two days’ police custody.
Sources said that two call girls nabbed hail from Mumbai and Lucknow respectively.
Officials said that commissioner of police Amitesh Kumar after learning about the racket tasked the newly appointed senior inspector Bharat Kakde of the special branch to carry out the raid.
Briefing about the modus operandi, a senior official said “As soon as a customer would contact the accused through the numbers given online, depending on the amount a customer was willing to pay, photos of girls would be sent to the customer via WhatsApp. Once the girl was selected, the customer was made to do an online payment, following which any of the star hotels in Aurangabad was booked and the owner would be tasked to coordinate between the client and the girl, once she flew down to Aurangabad.”
Sources said that the owner has at least four cases of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act registered within the city limits against him and was a frequent flier to domestic and international destinations and the veracity of the reports are being cross-checked.
The accused would run an online racket in the name of escort services and would go to the extent of offering stars from silver screen, models working in television serials and commercials and even foreign nationals and would charge anything between Rs 5,000 and Rs 5 lakh per deal.
As per the reports surfacing, the kingpin along with women pimps ran the largest flesh trade racket in the region and their client list includes senior government officials, police officials, bank executives, industrialists, senior doctors and businessmen. They would also offer high-profile call girls and models hailing from Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kerala, Rajasthan, Jammu Kashmir, while the foreign nationals fromBangkok, Bangaldesh, Russia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippine would also work for them. Officials maintain that the owner and his gang members would sign a contract for a certain period with the girls and would pay them in advance and arrange their accommodation in star hotels in the city.