Days after Delhi Police’s Crime Branch arrested a couple and six others for allegedly running a brothel on G B Road and charged them under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), the central district Friday transferred 42 police personnel, posted with the Kamla Market police station, to other police stations in central Delhi.
Several brothels on G B Road come under the jurisdiction of the Kamla Market police station. While police’s top brass downplayed the transfer as “routine”, sources said Crime Branch officials have found that the accused had links with some local policemen.
Speaking on the transfers, Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Parmaditya said, “It is an administrative decision and they have transferred those police personnel who have been posted at the Kamla Market police station for over two years.”
The 42 police personnel, including sub-inspectors, head constables and constables, were earlier posted with the sub-division which was in charge of G B Road.
“In 2013, the then additional deputy commissioner of police (central) Rajiv Sharma had also conducted an inquiry after receiving a complaint about some phone calls, made to the parents of a girl who was rescued from one of the brothels in G B Road,” added sources.
The inquiry, conducted by the special staff of central district, revealed that nearly 50 per cent staff of Kamla Market police station were in touch with owners and managers of several brothels, said sources.
“An inquiry report was prepared by ADCP Sharma and action was taken against several policemen,” added the sources.
The arrested couple — Saira Begum (45) and her husband Afaq Hussain (50) —allegedly amassed property worth almost Rs 50 crore in the last 17 years.
Speaking on the case, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Singh Yadav had said, “The accused control and carry forward the illegal business of human trafficking and prostitution. The couple ran the racket for almost 17 years and their syndicate is suspected to have been involved in the trafficking of more than 5,000 girls from Nepal and remote areas of West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Assam and Andhra Pradesh, among other states. Begum and Hussain … were controlling the racket with the help of managers and traffickers.”