Bangalore: The women and narcotics squad of Central Crime Branch (CCB) police arrested two brothers for allegedly running a prostitution racket from a house in Subbanna Palya, near Banasawadi, on Monday.
The accused have been identified as Basavaraju alias John, 68, a resident of Subbannapalya, and his brother Krishnakumar, 42, a resident of Lingarajapuram. The police have also rescued three women from the house.
Basavaraju resided in the house, which also served as a prayer hall. Women from the neighbourhood and other areas of the city used to visit the house to pray.
Basavaraju trapped a few good-looking women, who came to attend prayer sessions, by offering them jobs. The women believed in Basavaraju and used to stay in the house for a few days.
Basavaraju then arranged customers for the women and collected Rs 500- 1,000 from each client. However, he never victimised women in the neighbourhood as he wanted to build a good image of himself in the area. The house from where he ran the prostitution racket had three rooms. The police have seized Rs 550 in cash and two mobile phones.
The police said that Suta Bharathi (name changed) has filed a complaint against Anand Prabhu, proprietor of Prakash Beedi Industry. She alleged that Prabhu, who had promised to marry her four years ago, did not keep his word.
The woman stated that she was raped by Prabhu several times. She also alleged that Prabhu sent goons, who threatened her to vacate the flat that was presented to her by the industrialist.
Prabhu wanted to give the flat to another girlfriend, Bharathi stated. The police have registered a case of cheating and rape.