The police are looking for Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s grandson, Nihar, who was booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) after nine women were rescued from a bar he owns in Santacruz (West) on Wednesday night.
The police arrested three men after a raid on Sangeet bar in the Gazdar Bandh area. Nihar, who police say owns the bar, and three others are untraceable.
They have been identified as Anu Shetty, Jairaj Shukla and Jagannath Mishra. Nihar is the son of Thackeray’s oldest son, Bindumadhav, who died in a car accident in 1996.
Bindumadhav was a filmmaker and had produced the film, Agnisakshi, which was released in 1996 and was a success.
“The arrested persons, Ramesh Shetty, Harish Shetty and Arjun Thapa, have been remanded in judicial custody while the rescued women have been sent to a women’s home in Kandivli,” said Madhukar Chaudhari, senior police inspector of Santacruz police station.
“We are in the process of tracking down Nihar and the other three employees of the bar.”
The police received a tip-off that some illegal activities were going on at the bar. Acting on this information, the police raided the place late on Wednesday night.
The people arrested have been booked under section 4 of the PITA (punishment for living off earnings from prostitution), section 5 (starting procuring, inducing or taking persons for the sake of prostitution) and section 7 (starting prostitution in the vicinity of a public place).
The police sealed the bar after the raids were conducted.