The arrest of two agents on Friday evening for allegedly luring girls to enter a sex racket has revealed that kingpin Kalyani alias Jayshri Umesh Deshpande,44,wanted by police in a recent case for trying to force an aspiring model into prostitution,is still operating through sly classified ads,cops said.
A team of social security cell of the Pune police crime branch laid a trap and nabbed the agents and the girls in a car near Hotel Sanman on J M Road Friday evening,they said.
Police identified the arrested suspects as Vishwanath Narayan Shetty (31) of Bandal Complex,Kothrud and Pradip Gawli (24) of Latur and booked them under the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act (PITA). The offence was registered at Deccan police station.
Investigation revealed the duo work for Kalyani,wanted in a sex racket case registered at Chaturshringi police station on March 12,2013. We also booked Kalyani under PITA in this case, said senior inspector Bhanupratap Barge of the social security cell.
Police seized three cellphones and a car reportedly belonging to Kalyani from the suspects. Police said suspect Shetty had earlier been arrested by the crime branch in July 2011 for allegedly murdering Simran Reddy,allegedly a sex worker.
One of the girls rescued on Friday is a student hailing from Dehradun. The other is a married woman from Mumbai. They were allegedly introduced to Kalyani by friends. Kalyani allegedly lured them to Pune for five days promising them good money.
A habitual offender
Kalyani,who had been earlier booked in 20 offences,mostly under PITA,was booked in a recent case by Chaturshringi police. She allegedly tried to force a 23-year-old Mumbai girl aspiring to be a model into prostitution at her bungalow on Sus road,Pashan,by promising modelling assignments on March 7,2013. The case was registered on March 12,2013.
Chatushringi police have failed to arrest Kalyani in the case but she allegedly continued to operate the racket through newspaper ads. On police record since 2000,she had also been arrested under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) after her name cropped up in a murder at Haveli in 2005. However,every time after being released on bail,she allegedly continued to operate sex rackets,police sources said. In April 2012,the state anti corruption bureau (ACB) had arrested an inspector and a constable of Hinjewadi police station for allegedly demanding Rs 40,000 from Kalyanis cousin Jatin Chawda for not seeking extension of her police custody in a flesh trade case.