The Bengaluru police have taken custody of a couple who were among the organizers of a “kiss of love protest” last year in Kochi in Kerala in connection with a trafficking of women, rape and online prostitution case registered at the Commercial Street police station in Bengaluru.
A team of the Central Crime Branch police have taken custody of five persons including “kiss of love” organizers Rahul Pasupalan and his wife Resmi Nair. “We need to question six persons arrested by the Kerala police on November 18 including Pashupalan and his wife in connection with the Commercial Street case. One of them, Rijeesh, is presently in the custody of the Ernakulam police.
The others have been brought to Bengaluru,” a police officer from CCB said. Two minor girls who were rescued in the raids by the Kerala police on November 18 are from Bengaluru. One of the girls has stated before a magistrate in Kerala that she was raped in the Commercial Street area in Bengaluru.
The Kerala police prepared a report on the incident and sent it to their counterparts in Karnataka for action.
The Bengaluru city police registered a case based on the report and started investigations.
“We have registered a case of trafficking, rape and other charges under the provision of various acts including IPC and POCSO. We need to interrogate the accused persons including Resmi Nair and her husband to know the extent of the case. They lured many minor girls in the guise of providing jobs and later forcefully pushed them into the sex racket,” police said.