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Five couples arrested under Immoral Trafficking Act

punjab Updated: Oct 22, 2013 19:35 IST
HT Correspondent

The Division Number 5 police booked five couples under the Immoral Trafficking Act after arresting them from a hotel near the interstate bus terminal on Tuesday.

Owner of Marhaba hotel Jagtar Singh Tari and manager Manu managed to flee during the raid. They also have been booked under sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Immoral Trafficking Act.

Inspector Dharampal, station house officer (SHO), Division Number 5 police station, said the police raided the hotel following a tip-off, and found the couples in compromising positions in different rooms.

The inspector said it had been found that the hotel manager and owner used to provide rooms to couples on hourly basis, charging between `1,000 and 1,500.

The hotel did not maintain the visitors' record in the register, though it was mandatory, he said, adding that the police would produce the accused before the court on Wednesday.

The Division Number 5 police had earlier raided Hotel Diamond near the interstate bus terminal on September 6 and arrested 18 couples. The hotel is run by Ayurvedic doctor and sexologist Dr Balwinder Singh Walia Patti waley. The police had arrested his son and hotel manager, while Walia managed to flee.

Youth jumps off from second floor

After the police left the hotel, a youth fell off the second floor. According to the eyewitnesses, the youth was hanging from the window and suddenly lost grip. He was rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, where his condition is stated to stable. Police suspect that the youth was hanging outside the window to avert police action during the raid.

Inspector Dharmpal said they were yet to determine if the youth was present in the hotel during the raid or entered after they left.