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Bhopal: Online sex racket busted, BJP leader among nine arrested

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Bhopal: The state cyber cell police busted a online sex racket with the arrest of nine people including media incharge of SC/ST cell of ruling BJP party. The police have also rescued four girls, two are from Maharashtra, one from Meghalaya and another from Panna district of MP, police said. One of the arrested is a BJP leader and has been identified as Neeraj Shakya. He was appointed as media incharge of SC/ST cell of state BJP on May 15. “After Shakya’s involvement in prostitution racket came to light, BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan has removed him from the party,” said BJP state media-incharge Lokendra Parashar while speaking to Free Press.

The superintendent of police, state cyber cell, Shailendra Singh Chauhan said that out of the nine arrested from a flat in E-7 Arera Colony, seven were involved in running the racket while the main accused is absconding. The accused used to run a website named ‘bhopalcallgirl.in’ through which interested customers used to contact them and their contact numbers were also mentioned on the website. “The contact numbers given on the website are of Delhi. The gang members used to check bio-data of job seeking girls and they were contacted by picking up their contact numbers from the bio-data as job providers. Such girls were promised jobs in beauty parlours, call centres, receptions of hotels and so on. They would then ask the girls to come to Bhopal for interview,” said Chouhan adding that they would then take the girls to meet the customers posing themselves as company representatives in which they were promised jobs.

Chauhan further said that the police had received a tip-off about the racket about three months ago and were tracking the operations of the racket since then. “While tracking the operations of the racket and their website it was found that the website was being hosted in Delhi and consisted of many contact numbers for the customers. Out of the contact numbers, one is from MP. We tracked that number which eventually led us to the accused. The main accused Veer Dwivedi, who used to lure girls by promising jobs, had worked as manager in many hotels in the past and is now absconding. After calling the girls to Bhopal, Veer kept them in the flat and used to tell them that they would meet the company representatives only there,” said Chauhan. Some of the rescued girls were residing in the flat for last one week while some for the last three days, he added. He also stated that the police are now investigating the possibility of involvement of others residing outside the state. “A case has been registered against all the accused and further investigations are on. The rescued girls are in the protection of police now and they would would be sent back to their homes soon,” he added.