- A 62-year-old man was arrested and a retired colonel was brought under detention.
- Letterheads belonging to MPs and senior politicians from BJP and SP were recovered.
- Documents indicating involvements in illegal activities like human trafficking and impersonation came to light.
NEW DELHI: A high profile sex racket was busted with arrest of 62-year-old man and detention of retired colonel in the national capital’s Safdarjung area on Thursday exposed the murky world where top defence personnel, politicians and corporates were supplied call girls to ink business and defence deals.
The Delhi police arrested Pritindra Nath Sanyal from his residence Safdarjung Enclave against whom the Income Tax authorities had sent a report containing details of illegal and criminal activities he was involved in. The police has also detained a retired Colonel Ajay Ahlawat’s role.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said, “The Income Tax authorities carried out search and seizure operation in June 2, 2016 at the residences of accused Sanyal in Safdarjung Enclave, Vasant Kunj and Lucknow simultaneously. During search, incriminating documents indicating his involvements in illegal activities like human trafficking and impersonation came to light. He further pointed out that a 23-year-old foreign woman was also found at her residence who was kept in captivity by the accused.
The officer also said that his arrest was just a tip of iceberg. “We are now probing involvement of retired Colonel Ajay Ahlawat,” the officer said.
During search, copies of passports of other foreign women and phone numbers of dozens of foreign women belong to Central Asian countries were recovered from the residence of accused Sanyal.
The police seized evidence in the form of Whatsapp Messages and SMS messages from the residence of accused Sanyal. Strangely, letterheads belonging to several MPs and senior politicians from BJP and SP were recovered which also bore their signatures. “He had also letter heads of two MPs - Naresh Agarwal and Jagdambika Pal – and he also used it to get his work done in government offices. Many fake letter heads of MPs were also recovered from the house,” said Singh.
Naresh Agrawal denied being connected to the sex racket. “Don’t do wrong things, someone is using my name in this. I want Delhi police to take a strict action against the culprits, because it’s a very bad thing to use someone else’s name,” he said.
Investigation conducted so far, has revealed that Sanyal has sent messages to government officials and other senior functionaries, posing as Member of Parliament and other senior functionaries in the government for getting favour in certain business deals. “The analysis of his phone record is being done to find out the details of other associates and victims,” the officer said.
During search operation, the Income Tax authorities found a 23 year-old foreign national girl at the residence of accused Sanyal. Shockingly, the evidence in the form of SMS and Whatsapp data of the mobile phone of the girl showed that the foreign national was being kept by the accused against her will and she was forced into prostitution and where top defence personnel, politicians and corporates were clients of Sanyal.
The foreign national girl attempted suicide by cutting her wrist’s vein and she was taken to hospital for treatment by the Income Tax authorities. The girl came to India on tourist visa on February 25, 2016 and was taken to Jaipur, Sariska and Delhi. She also told that she was introduced to Sanyal by Retired Colonel Ajay Ahlawat whom police detained him for questioning.
“Ahlawat is previously involved in many cheating cases,” Ishwar Singh said.
The foreign national girl travel documents including passport were forcibly kept by the Sanyal in his custody. The Income Tax authorities recorded the statement of the girl during the search wherein she stated that she was feeling very insecure. “After her statement, she was allowed to leave,” said Singh.
The police also seized messages exchanged between accused Sanyal and his associates revealed financial transactions related to foreign women.