Agence India Press
20, November 2011
Mumbai: The social security cell of the Pune police crime branch on last night arrested a small-time television serial actor, along with a spot boy from the film industry, for alleged involvement in a sex racket.
Police identified the suspects as Azra Jan alias Zara (21) and Neeraj Bhadani (27), both from Andheri, Mumbai.
Acting on a tip-off to Constable Ashok Takalkar, a team led by inspector Bhanupratap Barge laid a trap through a decoy and nabbed them at a five star hotel near Pune railway station, police said.
They said Zara is a native of Kashmir and had shifted to Mumbai for an acting career.
She lives at Versova in Andheri, Mumbai. Bhadani is from Delhi and lives in Andheri, at a Veera Desai Road address, police said.
“Investigation revealed that the suspects targeted rich customers. Zara charged Rs 1.5 lakh an hour from customers. She would meet them only in plush rooms of five star hotels,” said inspector Barge. Police said Bhadani was the middlemen who arranged customers and booked hotel rooms. Police said Zara and Bhadani had visited Pune earlier for the same purpose. Police contacted the suspects through a decoy.
Zara reportedly acted in the TV serial Kasauti Zindagi Ki and in the Bollywood movie Lamhaa.
The police believe that the two operated in big cities for the last two years. They also suspect that more people from the television and film industry are involved in the racket.
Bhadani came to Pune with Zara in a rented car on Saturday afternoon and landed at a five-star hotel near the railway station. Records at the same hotel show Bhadani had booked rooms in his name several times earlier, police said.
During interrogation, Zara reportedly told police she had acted in a TV serial and a Bollywood movie. Police believe the suspects have been operating the racket in big cities for the last two years. Police also suspect that more persons from the industry could be involved. Zara and Bhadani were booked under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act.
The action was reportedly taken as per instructions of additional commissioner of police (crime) A D Shinde, deputy commissioner (crime), Rajesh Bansode and assistant commissioner (crime) Rajendrasingh Mohite.