In what may put a blot on the Nagpur BJP unit, the city police arrested the wife of a senior party leader for running a brothel under the guise of a massage parlour and spa.
The Nagpur police crime branch raided a massage parlour on Friday evening at posh Dharampeth locality in West Nagpur and unearthed a flesh trade that was being run by Kalpana (name changed), wife of Dilip Nanwate, editor of a weekly newspaper, Shodh and a working committee member of state SC cell of BJP.
The police took three women, including a 23-year-old graduate, and a male into custody for further inquiry. These women were allegedly helping run flesh trade.
On being informed that a flesh trade was being run at the spa, the city police crime branch kept a close watch on the activities of the parlour for two days. The police raided the spa on late Friday evening.
The city police said that Kalpana had unsuccessfully contested the Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections in 2007. After losing the elections, Kalpana (42), who is a trained beautician, started the parlour with the intention of running a brothel in front of the Children’s Traffic Park at Dharampeth. She also runs another beauty salon at Raj Nagar, another posh locality in north Nagpur.
The police said that the shop was called a beauty salon that also provided health massage and spa facilities.
A decoy customer was sent but initially the owner did not entertain him. Later, the decoy gained their confidence and was offered the services of a girl for Rs 2,000 on Friday evening. The decoy then signaled the cops waiting outside, who raided the shop, informed assistant commissioner of police (ACP) NY Sawant.
There were three rooms at the parlour from where the flesh trade was run. "All the accused were arrested under the prevention of immoral traffic (prevention) act—pita" Sawant further informed.
The leaders of BJP in Nagpur, however, are distancing themselves from Nanwate and said that he was no more an office bearer of any frontal organization of saffron party. "He might be a sympathizer of the party but now is not holding any post in the organization," clarifies Sanjay Phanje, joint office secretary of state BJP. Phanje said that the police should take a stern action against such elements.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Dilip Nanwate said that he was out of station when the police raided his wife's salon on Friday. "At present I am not an office-bearer of any frontal organization of BJP. I was offered a post in the organization by the party chief Nitin Gadkari, but I refused to accept it," he said and claimed that he worked hard for winning of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari in the graduate constituency of state legislature elections, held a couple of years ago.
"We are innocents and the victim of a conspiracy hatched by my political rivals," he further said.