Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
High-profile flesh trade, drug racket busted in Lucknow
The Lucknow police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a high-profile flesh trade as well as drug racket involving two women from a central Asia country Kyrgyzstan, said senior police officials.
They said ten people, including two women from Kyrgyzstan, two women from Punjab and six men were arrested from a hotel in Chinhat.
The racket was exposed by a team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vibhuti Khand Pravin Malik.
In the press note issued by the Lucknow police, the officials claimed that those arrested included Lalit Sharma, Ehsan Haider, Shadab Haider, Priyam Gurjar, Afzal alias Raja and Mohd Arif.
A senior police official privy to the investigation said Mohd Arif was the gang leader who operated this flesh trade racket with help of Lalit Sharma who owns the Chinhat hotel. He said Mohd Arif with help of Priyam Gurjar had formed links with some Delhi-based flesh trade racketeers who used to rope in foreign countries women for the same purpose.
He said the racket also has involvement of women from other countries like Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and Russia.
The official said the people arrested in Chinhat were also involved in the trade of premium quality smack.
He said nearly 450 grams of smack worth ₹45 lakh in international market was also seized from their possession. He said the accused arrested have widespread links in many states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Mumbai.
He said the police are further investigating about other people associated with the racket and more arrests are likely in the matter.
TEN PEOPLE, INCLUDING TWO WOMEN FROM KYRGYZSTAN, TWO FROM PUNJAB AND SIX MEN WERE ARRESTED