A day after they detained 112 people from a hotel in the Kotwali area of Ghaziabad with claims of busting a sex racket,the Ghaziabad police only arrested nine persons,including four women,under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. The rest were let off.
Senior police officers admitted that the rest were either married or were of consenting age and no monetary transaction had taken place between them.
During our investigations,we found that 12 couples were married and close to 80 others were students who knew each other. However,we have booked four men,four women and the receptionist of the hotel under charges related to prostitution. We are also on the lookout for the owner and manager of the hotel, S S Yadav,Superintendent of Police (City),said.
Police said those let off had submitted personal bonds and would be asked to aid police investigations if need be.
But those who were detained and subsequently released said they were considering registering a case against police personnel who conducted the raid. They barged into the room,dragged me and my wife,and called her a prostitute. Despite me showing my identity card,they insisted that other family members come to the police station,which caused us great humiliation. I know of several others who were kept at the police station all night. I will file a complaint of harassment against. The personnel were abusive as well, one person,who did not give his name,said.
Police said the allegations would be looked into. The information we received was that a prostitution racket was on in the hotel. We had to detain everyone in the hotel. It is true that identification took a lot of time. We will probe the behaviour of police personnel on duty, a senior officer said.