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Senior security officer quizzed in J&K sex ring

The paramilitary officer surrendered to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after a warrant was issued for him.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:49 IST

The investigators questioned on Thursday a senior officer for alleged involvement in a prostitution ring in Kashmir that has created a public outcry in the state, police said on Thursday.

The paramilitary officer, who is a deputy inspector general, surrendered to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday after a warrant was issued for him.

The officer has been remanded in custody for four days in Srinagar.

"He's being questioned by the CBI," he said, adding the officer was now posted in Assam.

A senior government lawyer was also being sought for arrest.

The CBI has detained six men, including the senior paramilitary officer and another police officer, over the case which has created huge uproar.

The Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad asked the CBI last month to take over the case which came to light in April when amateur pornographic films began circulating.

The prostitution ring reportedly involved nearly 40 women and teenage girls whose clients included politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen.

Last month, hundreds of people ransacked the house of the woman accused of organising the prostitution ring and set fire to her belongings.

The government has vowed to introduce legislation making prostitution punishable by life in prison.

The maximum penalty now under the state's Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act is three years for a first offence and five years for a second.