Pune: Shirur police raided a lodge in Saradwadi area on Pune-Ahmednagar highway and arrested two suspects on charges of running a prostitution racket. The suspects were produced in a court and have been remanded into police custody for four days. The Police have also rescued four Bengali girls from the suspects.
Police have identified the suspects as Paras Bastimal Parmar, a resident of Kharadi, Pune and Ramprasad Pandit Tarte, a resident of Karegaon in Shirur. Parmar is the owner of the lodge while Tarte was working as a manager there.
Saradwadi village is a small village located near an industrial zone on the Pune-Nagar highway. The suspects had started a makeshift 'Sangam lodge' near the village. Police received a tipoff that girls and women from Bengal were being brought to this lodge. Acting on this information, Police Inspector Praveen Khanapure, Sub-Inspector Ganesh Jagdale and their staff comprising of Mukund Kudekar, Reshma Shaikh, Deepak Nagre raided the lodge. Police sent a decoy customer to the place and found out that four Bengali girls were forcefully kept at the place. Police rescued the girls and detained Parmar and Tarte.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Parmar hails from Marwad in Rajasthan and Tarte is originally from Chinchala village in Beed district of Maharashtra state. They were booked under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act.
Inspector Khanapure said, "We are facing a deadly crisis like the COVID-19 in the country. We should understand the gravity of the situation and behave. Unfortunately, some antisocial elements are taking undue advantage of the situation and carrying out illegal activities. Citizens should come forward and inform police if they notice any such activities in their locality."
A few days before Pune police had raided a row house near Pashan hills and rescued girls from Kolkata and Delhi. A bank manager and software professional was involved in the sex racket which was run online.