Agra Police has busted a sex-trafficking racket operating from the farmhouse of a former BJP district president.
While the BJP leader in question has denied any involvement in the crime, local police have launched a probe into the case. “I had leased the farmhouse to people who have been arrested in connection with the case,” the BJP leader claimed.
Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bablu Kumar told India Today that the farmhouse was raided as part of an operation launched by city police to uncover a massive sex-trafficking operation. “Women were first brought to the farmhouse and then sent to various hotels to meet clients,” SSP Kumar added.
Investigators have also hinted at the involvement of several high profile individuals who are being probed for their roles in this trade. A total of nine people, including three women are being interrogated by the police. Investigators have registered an FIR against the accused and further investigation is underway.
Talking to India Today, the BJP leader in question claimed that the Agra police are deliberately framing him in this case and he is in no way involved in whatever happened at his farmhouse. “I had leased it to Sachin, Vishnu and Vishal Goyal,” he added while demanding a fair probe into the case.
Meanwhile, SSP Bablu Kumar said, “prima facie the BJP leader knew what was happening at the farmhouse.”
The media will be briefed about a final outcome of the inquiry soon, he added. SSP Kumar also said that one Vijay and one Ranveer have been arrested along with Sachin, Vishnu and Vishal Goyal who had been operating as booking agents.
It is being alleged that the BJP leader in question was handed a cut from the booking amount. However, the police are yet to issue clarity in this regard.
Superintendent of Police (city) Botre Rohan Prasad has also mentioned some prominent five-star hotels in Agra he claims are promoting flesh trade. “The role of these hotels is also being probed,” SP Prasad added.
Mohd Sharif Kale, former Congress secretary from Agra went even further to allege that the police are aware of hotels that promote flesh trade but take no action because they are also given a cut. “When leaders of the ruling party are openly involved in such dirty business, what could be expected from the police,” Kale asked.