Human trafficking racket: ‘Rescued’ Russian woman alleges she was harassed by IT officials

Police are likely to record her statement before the magistrate on August 28, said sources.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2016 3:36 am

Police have constituted a team to nab a retired Army colonel, who is suspected to be the prime accused in the human trafficking and impersonation racket busted last week. Police claim he has been avoiding notices to join the probe in the case.

Sources said another notice to join the probe was sent to him Monday but he did not turn up.

Meanwhile, the Russian girl found at the residence of the second accused, businessman Pritindra Sanyal — during a raid by IT officials at his residence — has moved an application in court stating that she chose to stay with Sanyal. According to the application, the woman alleged she was harassed by the officials during the raid.

“Though she repeatedly emphasised she was living in Sanyal’s house of her own free will, the income tax officers insisted she was a sex worker,” stated the application.

Police are likely to record her statement before the magistrate on August 28, said sources.

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