Woman arrested for running flesh trade
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.