Goa: The crime branch of Goa Police on Saturday busted an interstate prostitution racket and arrested two hoteliers, while rescuing four women.
Crime branch superintendent of police (SP) Shobhit Saksena said that the police have arrested Ismail Hanabarkadab, a resident of Caranzalem and Nishant Kapoor, a native of Himachal Pradesh in the case. He also said that four victim girls hailing from different parts of India were rescued and have been lodged at the protective home at Merces.
The crime branch conducted a raid and have registered a case under various Indian Penal Code sections and sections 3, 4, 5 & 7 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956.
Further investigations revealed that the main accused namely Raaz alias Nishant Kapoor, who is a hotelier from Mohali, Punjab was operating the prostitution racket in Goa from the hotel in Mohali.
Kapoor was put under surveillance and with help from Punjab Police, Goa Police managed to apprehend Kapoor from Mohali by deputing a team of the crime branch headed by PSI Girish Padloskar.
The accused was brought down to Goa and arrested. During the interrogation, Kapoor disclosed that he is also operating an online escort website and another person is providing him technical assistance to maintain the website. His involvement in present crime is being verified.
Police said that further investigations are on and they are hoping to arrest one more person.
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