The Pune city police have invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against notorious sex racketeer Jayshree alias Kalyani Umesh Deshpande (46) and her aide Pradeep Ramhari Gawli (29) alias Ravi.
Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla recently accepted the proposal in this regard submitted by senior police inspector Nitin Bhosale Patil of Kothrud police station. A police team led by Patil had arrested Kalyani from Pashan area on August 5 in connection with the sex racket being operated from Bhusari colony, a prime residential area in Kothrud.
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Police had earlier arrested Kalyani’s aide Ravi Shivaji Tapase (28) in this case. Police had also rescued three women who were allegedly brought to an apartment in Bhusari Colony for sex trade. An offence was registered against Kalyani and Tapase under sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) at the Kothrud police station. Kalyani is currently lodged in jail.
Kalyani is involved in about 25 crimes in Pune and Mumbai. She was externed from the city limits in February 2014 for a period of two years. Before that she was arrested by the Pune police in October 2013 in a sex racket case. Police had arrested two girls hailing from Uzbekistan along with a local agent in this case, registered with the Kothrud police station. She was released on bail after a few months.
Born and brought up in a local family and later married to an auto-rickshaw driver, Kalyani has been on police record since 1998. Police said Kalyani ran an escort agency, ‘Venus Escorts’, from her bungalow in Sus area of Pune, a spot which has become well known for sex and crime. Kalyani’s close aide Anil Dhole, who used to bring girls from Mumbai for prostitution, was murdered at this bungalow in December 2007.
Sources said Kalyani has a strong network among hoteliers and organised crime syndicates. She hires girls, including those with high profiles from the educated class and foreigners, on a contract basis for sex trade. She has been booked under MCOCA in the past after her name cropped up in a murder case at Haveli police station. However, she was discharged from MCOCA later.
The Pune police have now invoked MCOCA against her for operating a sex racket.
Assistant commissioner of police (Deccan division) Tukaram Gaud is investigating the matter.