Ghaziabad: Sealed hotels found operational, shut again for ‘immoral trafficking’
The police on March 20 had conducted a raid on two hotels and found nearly 50 couples allegedly involved in immoral activities and lodged an FIR in the matter.Updated: Jul 05, 2017 22:49 IST
The Ghaziabad police on Wednesday, for a second time, sealed two hotels in Bajaria commercial market after they were found operating despite being sealed by the administration in March.
The police on March 20 had conducted a raid on two hotels and found nearly 50 couples allegedly involved in immoral activities and lodged an FIR in the matter.
Officials said that the two hotels, Devender and Aryadeep, were sealed following raids in March but they were found operating and the official seals were broken.
“On June 3, the station house officer of Kotwali police station had sent us a report stating that the hotels were in operation and the seal allegedly broken. The SHO had also said that on looking at the visitors’ register, it was also found that people were hiring rooms for a short duration of time. It is suspected that the immoral activities continued in the hotels,” said PK Dubey, city magistrate.
“After receiving the information, we sent them notices. On July 3, we wrote to the police to seal the two hotels as they were carrying out suspicious operations and were continuing with their earlier activities. Following our orders, under the provisions of the Immoral Trafficking Act, the police on Wednesday sealed the two hotels in compliance with the order,” Dubey said.
According to sources, couples hire rooms in the hotels in Bajaria, which is a prime commercial market and also houses residential localities near Ghaziabad junction. The raids on hotels are conducted regularly but owners continue to operate their establishments due to political backing.
The raids in March were conducted under the direct orders and supervision of then senior superintendent of police, Deepak Kumar. In 2013, the police had also conducted raids and rounded up dozens of couples from the hotels in Bajaria.