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MP: BJP functionary among 9 arrested for running prostitution racket through website, 4 women rescued

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BHOPAL: A gang that was allegedly involved in running a prostitution racket was busted, with the arrest of nine persons on Friday.

The gang members lured girls--mostly from other states including Noth East, with the promise of jobs and later threw them into prostitution racket.

The Cyber Cell had got information about the sex racket after it received complaint about a pornographic website that was being used to contact those who solicited sex workers.

The police conducted a raid and arrested the gang members. The racket was run from a house in Arera Colony in Bhopal. Those arrested include Neeraj Shakya, who is a BJP functionary. He was media in-charge of the party's scheduled caste wing. 

After the arrests and the revelation, BJP has expelled him from the party. AIG Cyber Cell Shailendra Chauhan, said that the the accused may have links with gangs in other states too. The kingpin Subhash Dwivedi alias Vir is yet to be arrested.

The modus operandi of the gang members was such that they tracked girls who applied on job sites. They would contact the girls and offer them job of receptionist or a job at the call centre.

After the girl would arrive, a gang member introducing himself as 'reception manager' would met them and promise job.
However, the girls were later forced into sex racket.

Those arrested include Suresh Gahlot, Neeraj Shakya, Ravi Prajapati, Harjeet Dhanwani, Manoj Gupta, Krishna Kumar Jaiswal, Misba Uddin and Suresh Belani. The police are interrogating the accused.