Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Shimla sex racket: 8 Ludhiana women held

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POLICE RAID HOTEL IN SHOGI NEAR SHIMLA; SEIZE ` 80,000 IN CASH, FOUR VEHICLES AND 32 MOBILE PHONES

SHIMLA: The local police claim to have busted an inter-state sex racket with the arrest of 32 people, including eight women, from a local hotel.

All women hail from Ludhiana district of Punjab and are aged between 22 and 32. The other accused hail from Dhami in Shimla district, Ludhiana, Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan.

Shimla superinten­dent of police (SP) DW Negi said following a tip-off, a police team led by additional superinten­dent of police (ASP) Bhajan Dev Negi raided a hotel in Shogi, in the periphery of Shimla town, on Sunday evening, and arrested the 32 people on the charges of immoral traffickin­g. About `80,000 in cash, 32 mobile phones and four vehicles were seized from the accused.

The ASP said the accused were produced in court on Monday and four of them namely Baljeet, Anil, Gopal Sharma and Balwinder Kaur had been sent in police remand while the other 28 accused were sent to judicial custody.

He added that the possibilit­y of an organised inter-state gang dealing in prostituti­on could not be ruled out. A case under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act has been registered. HTC

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