Brothel-keepers flee, police investigate extortion calls


Shiv Sena's Neelam Gorhe demands CID probe

A team of Ahmednagar police on Saturday found the brothel locked and returned empty-handed from Shirpur in Dhule district, where the 18-year-old girl was allegedly dumped after being kidnapped while on her way from Pune to Shirdi on January 3.

The police team found the brothels locked and the brothel keepers along with the women involved in prostitution business had fled. Investigation officer inspector Pradeep Ugale said, "Our team went to Shirpur but found nobody in the brothel. The suspects had fled. Investigation is on to locate them."

Ugale also said mobile phone number from which extortion calls were allegedly made to the girl's fiance after her kidnapping are now switched off. "We are probing the details of phone calls received by girl's fiance after she was kidnapped. Whether the kidnappers were known to the fiance or not would be known only after their arrests," said Ugale.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe on Saturday in a letter to Home Minister R R Patil demanded a CID probe into the case. Gorhe said the allegations that girl and her fiance were allegedly beaten with belt by Ahmednagar additional superintendent of police was a serious issue and should be probed by the CID.

Gorhe also demanded the arrest of the persons who allegedly kidnapped the girl, brought her to the brothel in Shirpur and beat her badly when she refused to entertain customers. She also demanded that the girl be given counselling sessions. The girl who was admitted to Sassoon Hospital on Friday was not released on Saturday. Medical superintendent D G Kulkarni said she would be discharged after all essential medical tests are done. Gorhe said the system at the Sassoon hospital was faulty. "I had sent social workers to Sassoon hospital today, but hospital authorities did not allow them to meet the girl," she said.

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