Bangladeshi sex racket busted; Odisha cops nab key facilitator

Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate police today arrested one more accused person involved in a sex racket busted in Bhubaneswar yesterday.

The accused youth has been identified as Prasant Parida, an aide of Sheikh Ibrahim, the kingpin who was arrested in sex racket yesterday. The Laxmisagar police apprehended Parida today.

Sources said that Parida was the linkman between Ibrahim and Sunil Meher, who is lodged at a jail. Sunil was allegedly trafficking the girls from Bangladesh to Odisha with help of Parida to operate sex trade in Bhubaneswar.

The matter came to light after a woman was allegedly assaulted in a hotel located at Old Station Bazaar area in Bhubaneswar in December last year.

During course of investigation, the Commissionerate police found that victim was a illegal immigrant from Bangladesh and working as a sex worker in the state capital.

Later, she was arrested for staying illegally in Bhubaneswar without valid documents.

Reports said that she had come to Odisha on basis of fake Aadhaar card which she had obtained during her stay in West Bengal.

The subsequent investigation revealed that apart from her around 20-25 girls from Bangladesh were also engaged in the sex trade.

According to sources, Sunil was supplying the girls from Bangladesh to Kolkata and Parida was involved in the racket by trafficking the girls from Kolkata to Odisha. The girls were handed over to Ibrahim and his wife Anjali, who were operating the racket in Bhubaneswar area.

Based on inputs, Crime Branch of Odisha Police formed a team and arrested Ibrahim and Anjali from Danagohiri area under Pipili police limits yesterday. The couple, the mastermind of the sex racket, was running it at a rented accommodation at Ratha Road in Old Town area.

Later in the day, the Commissionerate police raided a house located at Lingaraj police station area in Bhubaneswar and rescued six Bangladeshi women.

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