Cong leader, SSB jawans arrested for flesh trade

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Matigahara Anchal Pradhan (local area) Congress president Subrata Kundu, alias Bura, two jawans of the Seema Surashka Bal (SSB), eight women, mostly teenagers, and a youth, were caught red-handed from a hotel at Matighara under Immoral Trafficking Act, Additional Superintendent of Police Amit P Jawalgadi told the media. The hotel is situated near North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.

Jawalgadi said the raid was conducted at midnight following a specific input.All the accused were being taken before a local court for production under judicial process for the crime in public.

The police action came hours after North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb chaired a high level meeting with police officials of the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri administration ordering them to crack down on illegal liquer dens, prostitution in public places and on the criminals, official sources said.The meeting, attended by different hotel associations, Siliguri Protibad Mancha, a civil society group, North Bengal Musical Bar Owners Association, Silguri Bar Dancing Association, decided to ban singing and dancing in bars and restaurants with immediate effect. The ban on dancing and singing at hotels, restaurants and bars in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri will remain in force upto October 28.The civil societies in Siliguri have been agitating over the spurt of prostitution in the public areas, including hotels.

A hotel at Sevok Road was ransacked by the local people recently after report of sex trade there, where four people including two businessmen were arrested.


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