Woman ar­rested for run­ning flesh trade

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter the suc­cess of his ini­tia­tive ‘Walk with the com­mis­sioner’ over the last sev­eral weeks at var­i­ous places in the city, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe met res­i­dents at Kopar Khairane on Satur­day.

The drive was con­ducted at the na­ture park (old dump­ing ground) at Sec­tor 23 of Kopar Khairane from 6.30am. The com­mis­sioner was ac­com­pa­nied by heads of var­i­ous de­part­ments of the civic body. There was also tight po­lice se­cu­rity for the com­mis­sioner due to the state­ments on Fri­day against him by sev­eral pro­jectaf­fected lead­ers, who have called for a bandh on Mon­day.

Speak­ing to me­dia per­son­nel af­ter meet­ing res­i­dents, Mundhe said, “I had a good in­ter­ac­tion with the res­i­dents here. There are 2-3 ma­jor prob­lems in the node that the res­i­dents have com­plained about.”

He said, “Park­ing is a ma­jor prob­lem here with ve­hi­cles parked on both sides of the roads. There is lack of park­ing spa­ces too.”

The com­mis­sioner said, “We have pre­pared a plan to solve the park­ing is­sues and it will be im­ple­mented. We will also look at com­mer­cial spa­ces that can be used for park­ing as was done in the case of DMart.”

Mundhe said, “There are also is­sues of garbage and mos­qui­tos at the open nul­lahs. While the garbage is­sue is be­ing taken care of, we will look into how the mos­quito men­ace can be tack­led fur­ther.”

He added, “There are lim­i­ta­tions due to lack of en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances in clean­ing the hold­ing ponds. We will see what can be done.”

Mundhe said there were also com­plaints of stray dog nui­sance and en­croach­ments. He as­sured that the prob­lems of the res­i­dents will be ad­dressed at the ear­li­est.

A 47-year-old woman from Airoli, who had al­legedly been run­ning flesh trade at her house, has been ar­rested by the city crime branch (unit 1).

The po­lice have also res­cued a woman and a 15-year-old girl, from her clutches.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Asha Vaitar, a res­i­dent of sec­tor 16, was run­ning the flesh trade busi­ness by get­ting women from dif­fer­ent places.

Af­ter the po­lice re­ceived a tipoff, they sent two of their of­fi­cers pos­ing as cus­tomers.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing con­firmed re­ports, we raided her res­i­dence on Fri­day and ar­rested her,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

“We have res­cued a 40-yearold woman and a 15-year-old girl who were forced into pros­ti­tu­tion by the ac­cused. They were work­ing for her for the past few months,” said Sawant.

An FIR has been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused at Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice have booked her un­der sec­tions 3, 4 and 5 of Preven­tion of Im­moral Traf­fick­ing Act (PITA) and sec­tion 11 and 12 Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fence (POCSO) Act.

“The res­cued have been sent to a re­mand home af­ter med­i­cal tests were con­ducted at NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“We are try­ing to find out if some more peo­ple were in­volved with the ac­cused. We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case to find out if some agents would pro­vide her women for run­ning the flesh trade,” he added. The Quick Re­sponse Team (QRT) of Navi Mum­bai po­lice along with Vashi po­lice sta­tion and fire bri­gade of­fi­cials con­ducted a mock drill at Mod­ern Col­lege in Vashi on Satur­day. This was to check the alert­ness of of­fi­cials. Fol­low­ing a mes­sage that ter­ror­ists had en­tered the col­lege, of­fi­cials from the de­part­ments reached the spot within a few min­utes and got ready to tackle the sit­u­a­tion. Around 100 po­lice­men and am­bu­lance ser­vice of the civic hos­pi­tal par­tic­i­pated in the drill.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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