Baner: Bank manager, software engineer among four arrested for running prostitution racket online; four girls rescued

ST Staff
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

The victims belonged to well-to-do upper-middle-class families and had a home quarantine stamp on their hands.

Pune: The Chatuhshrungi police on Monday busted a high profile sex racket which was run through a website by the suspects. Police have arrested an assistant manager of a nationalised bank, software engineer and other highly educated suspects.

Police have identified the suspects as Ravikant Baleshwar Paswan (34), a resident of Susgaon and originally from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Deepak Jayprakash Sharma (36), a resident of Sai Chowk in Balewadi and originally from Jarsuguda, Odisha, Suresh Prahlad Ranveer (25) a resident of Baner and originally from Nanded and Naksen Ramdas Gajghate (52) a resident of Bavdhan. A woman identified as Shivani Patil alias Zoya Rehan Khan, resident of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh) is still absconding. A case has been registered against all suspects under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Paswan was working as an assistant manager in Murum branch of Bank of Baroda. Sharma is a software engineer by profession. Gajghate was the owner of the row house while Ranveer was a manager at a hotel.

Addressing a press conference, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 4) Pankaj Deshmukh said, "Police received a tip-off about a prostitution racket going on in a row house in Baner near Pashan hills. A team of policemen headed by Inspector Anil Shewale raided the place and took Paswan and Sharma in custody. Further interrogation of these two revealed that Paswan was the mastermind of this racket."

Based on inputs from Paswan, Police Sub-Inspector Mohan Jadhav and his team went to Baner, Balewadi and Mumbai and arrested Paswan's accomplices. Their interrogation revealed that the suspects were operating the racket through a website. Police have seized 11 mobile handsets, four laptops, an Apple iPod and a car.

Police also rescued four girls from Delhi and Kolkata. They all belonged to well-to-do upper-middle-class families, and they also had a stamp for home quarantine on their hands.

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