Key suspect in south Delhi sex racket goes missing
Investigation into the alleged international human trafficking and sex racket busted last week by south Delhi Police has apparently hit a roadblock as investigators have lost track of an alleged key suspect – Ajay Ahlawat, a retired army colonel.Updated: Jul 25, 2016 23:50 IST
Investigation into the alleged international human trafficking and sex racket busted last week by south Delhi Police has apparently hit a roadblock as investigators have lost track of an alleged key suspect – Ajay Ahlawat, a retired army colonel.
Ironically, Ahlawat was questioned by investigators soon after they caught the racket’s alleged kingpin, Pritindra Nath Sanyal, but was allowed to go since not enough evidence was collected against him to book him in the case.
Investigators now want to question him again to verify his role in the entire nexus involving women from Central Asian countries, politicians and cricketers. But Ahlawat allegedly is ‘untraceable’, police sources said.
Despite two back-to-back notices served at his home in Jind, Haryana, and farmhouse in Delhi’s Bijwasan, Ahlawat has not turned up to join the probe. The south Delhi Police, a source said, was intimated that Ahlawat would be joining the investigation on Monday.
Investigators waited for his arrival throughout the day but Ahlawat did not turn up.
His casual approach towards the probe has left the police officials baffled. The police are now planning to send Ahlawat another notice, asking him to appear before the investigating officer at the earliest, sources said.
Ahlawat’s alleged link with the racket surfaced when a woman, believed to be from Russia, was rescued from Sanyal’s Safdarjung Enclave flat by the income-tax department officials during a raid in June this year.
The woman had slit her wrists during the raid and had accused Sanyal of allegedly confining her in the flat for over two weeks against her will.
The woman had told income-tax officials that she was introduced to Sanyal and sent to his flat by Ahlawat. 12 passport copies of women from Central Asian countries and their contact numbers from Sanyal’s three properties in Delhi and Lucknow had hinted that he was allegedly running an international human trafficking and sex racket.
Sanyal allegedly trafficked young girls and women from Russia and Turkey, confined them, confiscated their passports and sent them to parties held at farmhouses of businessmen and politicians. Police suspect that Sanyal’s clients included politicians and cricketers.
Ahlawat’s background check confirms his close associations with politicians, cricketers and socialites, a police officer said. A senior Indian cricketer’s wedding reception was allegedly organised at the same farmhouse.
First Published: Jul 25, 2016 23:50 IST