The anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) of the Pune police has rescued seven girls, including two minors, from a sex racket operating in Wagholi.
Cops have also arrested eight persons, including the ring leader, who was running the sex racket from a lodge. An FIR has been registered against them at Lonikand police station. Police officials said that Rajesh Arun Shetty (32), a resident of Wagholi, is the main accused.
Senior police inspector Sanjay Patil, in-charge of AHTU, said, “Crime branch’s Ganesh Jagtap and police naik Tushar Alhat had received information that a major sex racket was being operated from Sai Sannidhi lodge on the Pune-Ahmednagar Highway in Wagholi. The information was verified by sending a decoy. Accordingly, on the instructions of Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla, a team led by assistant police inspector Chandrakant Jadhav raided the lodge on Thursday evening.”
DCP (crime branch) P R Patil said, “At the time of the raid, seven accused persons were found at the lodge. Later, we arrested Shetty. The two minor girls rescued from the racket are from Bangladesh. We have handed over the accused to Lonikand police station.”
ACP (crime I) Suresh Bhosale added, “One of the arrested accused, Lakhansingh Somnathsingh, was wanted in a prostitution case registered at the Bund Garden police station this year.”