Panchkula police on Thursday arrested eight persons on charge of involvement in a sex racket and seized arms and ammunition from the fort of Mir Sahib, ruler of erstwhile estate of 14 Bhoj Kotaha in Raipur Rani block. The 'quila' is situated in Gadhi Kotaha village.
Those arrested included Mir Hasan Murtaza, who is the scion of the erstwhile royalty of the estate, and his wife Rita. Others arrested included a West Bengal native girl presently staying in Chandigarh, Khatauli villager Gulab, Gadhi villager Hanish, Hangola villager Vinod, Dhanas villager Rakesh and Naraingarh resident Mandeep.
Police seized one country-made pistol, .12 bore gun, three airguns that included one resembling a carbine, about two dozen live cartridges and two red roof lights. A Scorpio, a Swift car and a motorcycle were also seized.
It was learnt that the joint operation to bust the sex racket was conducted by crime investigation agency (CIA) and crime investigation department (CID) of Panchkula police after Haryana CID's tip-off that Murtaza was allegedly running a prostitution racket from the fort.
A team comprising district CID inspector Karan Singh, ASI Rampal, head constable Subhash Rana and constable Naveen conducted a recce of the fort. On Thursday, Subhash Rana was sent as a decoy customer. After a signal from him, a team of CIA inspector Karambir Singh, ASI Surjeet Singh, head constables Pavitar, Satnam and Sanjeev then raided the 'quila'.
Murtaza fled the spot but was arrested on the Naraingarh road.
The 14 Bhoj Kotaha estate was administered from Gadhi Kotaha village in Raipur Rani and was spread till Morni. It was handed over to Akbar Khan, popularly known as Mir, by the Patiala royal family. His son Mir Hasan Murtaza was living in the fort with his second wife Rita.
He was also accused of killing his first wife but was acquitted in the case. As per police, he drove around in his Scorpio fitted with red roof light.