Cops bust two sleaze rackets in Kolkata, 6 held
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Six persons, including four women, have been arrested for allegedly running sleaze rackets in two parts of the city. Police also rescued a 16-year-old girl in this connection.
Barsha Chatterjee and Sharmishta Chatterjee were arrested from a flat on Moore Avenue in Shantinagar Colony in Regent Park area today. Police said Sharmishta's flat was used to run the business. The minor girl was found in that flat.
A senior police officer said that Sharmista works in a Bengali television serial as a leading actress and Barsha used to work as her agent to procure girls from different parts of the city. The police are now investigating whether they lured young girls by assuring them opportunities to work in television serials.
On June 2, police arrested four persons from Aravinda Nagar in Jadavpur for alleged involvement in a sex racket. Jyoti Roy was the alleged kingpin and her three associates were identified as Kalyan Maity of Howrah, Bindu Mahapatra of Odisha and a sex worker.
The police said Joyti used her mother's flat in Aravinda Nagar to run the business. Jyoti was previously arrested on the same charges few years ago in Beniapukur area. Police are now investigating whether the racket is active in other states as one of the accused is a resident of Odisha.
"We are concerned about the involvement of a television artiste. There is high chance of alluring young girls with work in television as bait."
Joint CP Crime Javed Shamim said they were interrogating the accused.
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