Published On : Sat, Nov 1st, 2014

Eight women rescued during sex racket bust at Chandani Hotel sent to Rehabilitation Centre

PCR to owner and manager of Chandani Hotel

Sex Racket
The follow-up action of the raid carried-out by the Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on October 31, 2014 was a detailed investigation carried out by the SSW. They found out that of the 8 girls rescued (apprehended) 2 girls were commercial sex workers (CSW) and had prior convictions under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. These two girls had induced three girls who were their friends as novice into the trade. One of the girls was a college student who used to engage in the flesh trade to earn money for meeting expenses of her extra-curricular activities and her expensive habits (Mobile and vehicle petrol etc). 2 women who were rescued were married and without the knowledge of their husbands were involved in the trade to meet their expensive habits.

It could be informed here, that the police officials attached to the Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on October 31, 2014 busted a sex racket at Chandani Hotel, Kamptee Road in Yashodhara Nagar Police Station area and rescued eight young women dragged into flesh trade by pimps.

The police officials had arrested the owner and manager of Chandani Hotel for running the racket and providing young women to customers for self gains. Identified as Sunil Bapuraoji Makde (46) and Kishore Ramdasji Potbhare (26), the accused are the residents of Bhilgaon. Makde is owner of Chandani Hotel while Potbhare works as Manager.

Taking action on a tip off, the officials of the Crime Branch sent a decoy (punter) to the hotel. Presuming him to be a customer, Makde and Potbhare provided a young woman after taking Rs 2,000 cash from him. The decoy then signaled the SSB team standing nearby and carried out the raid. On investigation, it was revealed that the girls were supplied by the duo only to very rich, reputed and usual customers. They never provided the girls to any other customers who were new to the hotel. They had allegedly refused to provide girls to the decoys too. The duo got convinced only after the decoys told the manager that they know that the flesh trade goes on in the hotel and that their friends who were usual visitors of the hotel only asked them to go there.
The team comprising Police Inspector B M Powar, Assistant Police Inspector Amita Jaipurkar, Police Sub Inspector Kohale, Assistant Sub Inspectors Suresh Pandhre, Ramanand Thakur, and Govind Madne, Head Constables Pandurang Nikure, and Subhash Khedkar, Nayak Police Constables Gopal Vaidya, Ajay Ghatod, Sayyed, Woman Police Constables Anita Dhurve, Asmita Meshram, Nita Dawre and PC Nilesh, under supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Nilesh Raut raided the hotel. The team rescued eight women.

The police officials took Sunil Makde and Kishore Potbhare into custody. The rescued women were sent to Karuna Hostel. An offence under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act has been registered against Makde and Potbhare at Yashodhara Nagar Police Station.

All the eight girls were sent to the Mahila Sudhar Gruh (Women’s Rehabilitation Centre) on November 1, 2014 after the hearing in the District Court. However the District Court has granted Police Custodial Remand to both the owner of Chandani Hotel Sunil Makde and manager Kishore Potbhare for the cops to carry-out further investigations.

An official of the SSW on condition of anonymity said that the cops have activated a Wide-Tracking Range Clock and Data Recovery Circuit on all the mobile numbers of the rescued women, the owner and manager of the Chandani Hotel. They are also investigating the possibilities of owner and manager being involved in inter-state flesh trade and on prior cases registered against them.