Sex racket at Andheri hotel busted, 1 held
The Mumbai Police’s crime branch arrested a 36-year-old woman for forcing two women — an Indian citizen and a foreign national — into prostitution.
In its effort to crackdown on immoral elements in the society, the enforcement wing of crime branch registered its fourth case within a week against human traffickers. So far, seven traffickers have been arrested and 17 girls, who were lured with job opportunities in movies and television shows, have been rescued.
The police said the arrested accused is identified as Prabha Prabeer Mandi alias Sony, 36, a resident of Vile Parle (West). The police added that the raid was conducted on Saturday at Hotel Sahar Garden, near Marol Metro station, Andheri (East).
A case has been registered under section 370 (3) (trafficking of minor) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 3 (keeping a brothel), 4 (living on the earnings of prostitution) and 5 (taking person for the sake of prostitution) of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.
“Investigators had arranged a dummy customer and contacted Sony, who is the mediator to reach the women. The dummy customer sought a Russian woman, which Sony accepted. She also shared photos of the woman. Accordingly, two women were sent — a 30-year-old Russian and a 24-year-old Indian. The charge for the Russian woman was ₹25,000 and for the Indian woman was ₹15,000,” said a police officer.
During investigation, police found that the demand for foreign nationals was high on the eve of New Year.
A mechanical engineer from Delhi who was on a tourist visit at Duke's Nose point (Nagphani) at Lonavla near Pune has been reported missing in the forest since Friday afternoon, police said. The engineer, Irfan Shah (24) had called his brother and told him that he lost track in the forest. The Lonavla rural police and local volunteers of Shiv Durg Group are searching the jungle to trace the youth.
Paying heed and actively working towards safeguarding Mother Earth, by creating awareness are some college students and community groups. Charged up to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity , today, in full fervour, some have even planned to meet up for the cause. To raise awareness of the importance of preserving biodiversity, MH Vatavaran, the environment society of Miranda House College, Delhi University, has been organising various competitions that help create awareness.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Sunday directed police to identify the accused and take appropriate action after a video of a school girl being beaten by a young boy went viral on social media. The girl, seen in uniform, is reportedly a tribal student of a school in Pakur district. The accused boy is seen raining kicks on the girl carrying a school bag while another unidentified person recorded the incident.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday condemned the killing of an elderly man in Madhya Pradesh's Neemuch district. Taking to Twitter, Sibal, the former Union minister said that he was ashamed that this was happening in the country. “Differently-able elderly man beaten to death on suspicion of being a Muslim. I am ashamed that this is happening in my country. Amit Shah Ji please speak up,” Sibal tweeted.
A Central Bureau of Investigation sessions court in Ahmedabad on Saturday evening rejected a CBI application that sought 10 days of police remand for a Surat-based shop-owner, Rafiq Menon, who has been accused of shielding an Indian administrative service (IAS) officer in a bribery case. Menon's counsel argued that IAS officer K Rajesh, who is the main accused in the case, has not been arrested so far.