BANGALORE: A prostitution racket was busted in the city, thanks to Twitter.
Acting on a tip-off from a link shared on the twitter page of Central Crime Branch, the city police raided a prostitution den in Indiranagar and rescued four women, who were natives of West Bengal.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Crime Abhishek Goyal had sought information on trafficking activities on his Twitter handle (@CCBBangalore). This received a response from one of the netizens, who sent a link of an online advertisement for prostitution.
A decoy team contacted the number that was provided and learnt that it acted as a call centre for prostitution in Karnataka and other states.
The official who called the number was asked to go near a hotel in Indiranagar where he met with one of the members who was running the racket. The man, identified as Dileep escorted the decoy to a complex in Indiranagar 1st stage.
The ring was being run by Dileep and three others identified as Ravi (29) from Vijayanagar, Santosh Kumar (32) from Udupi and Lingaraju (31) from Kollegal.
Two others who had come to the premises as customers were also arrested.
They have been identified as Poornachandra (25) from Shimoga and Sirajulla (43) from Hubli.The racket lured girls into the trade by promising them employment.
Speeding Kills Bike Rider
A 40-year-old man was killed in an accident at Wipro junction at around 9.30 pm on Tuesday. According to Audugodi police, the incident took place when Rajshekar and his friend Pawan Kumar were returning home.
Rajshekar, a software engineer, was speeding on his motorbike and tried overtaking a car when he lost balance and fell. He suffered severe head injuries and died on the spot, police said.
Pawan Kumar jumped off the vehicle and saved himself.
CCB Busts Fake Certificate Racket
Central Crime Branch (CCB) raided seven job consultancies that were providing fake certificates for job experience or training.
The firm had registered many companies in whose names it was issuing fake certificates for financial considerations.
The list will be made public so that the HR of the companies can check if anyone has approached them with the fake certificates and if so, then they could contact the Investigating Officers for necessary steps, DCP (Crime) Abhishek Goyal said.