13 women res­cued in bar raid, 4 held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI -

The Navi Mum­bai crime branch raided a bar in Turbhe on Tues­day night and res­cued 13 women. Four peo­ple in­clud­ing the bar owner have been ar­rested.

The raid was con­ducted at Gan­raj Bar, restau­rant and lodg­ing at Turbhe vil­lage.

Ac­cord­ing to deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Dilip Sawant, “We re­ceived a tip-off of a flesh trade racket. Our squad from the Im­moral Hu­man Traf­fic Preven­tion cell was asked to take ac­tion.”

He added, “A team led by the cell’s se­nior po­lice in­spec­tion Anand Cha­van and in­clud­ing po­lice sub-in­spec­tors Ru­pali Pol and San­jay Khir­sagar along with con­sta­bles Waikar and Kumb­hade raided the lodge.”

He said, “We sent a dummy cus­tomer. He was pro­vided a woman by the owner and man­ager of the bar for pros­ti­tu­tion pur­pose. The woman was one of those work­ing in the bar.”

The dummy cus­tomer sig­nalled to the po­lice team that lay in wait and the bar was raided by it.

Po­lice res­cued 13 women who they said had been brought to the bar for pros­ti­tu­tion. The po­lice ar­rested the bar owner Dinkar Bhoir, 56, along with bar man­ager Dayanand Shetty, 52, Srini­vas Shetty, 35, and Anil Ko­tal, 28, who worked at the bar.

A case has been regis­tered against them at APMC po­lice sta­tion. The ac­cused have been booked un­der IPC sec­tion 370 and sec­tions of Preven­tion of Im­moral Traf­fic Act.

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