BHUBANESWAR: Sex racket kingpin Sunil Meher, who is in police remand, informed the police that others in the state are operating multiple sex rackets and several influential people are involved in the flesh trade.
While the commissionerate police managed to arrest sex racket kingpin Sunil Meher, two other persons allegedly running sex rackets in the city are still roaming free.
Police sources said sex rackets run in the town by Gopi, a native of Berhampur, and Happy, a native of West Bengal, saw a manifold rise in business after Meher fled Bhubaneswar in a bid to evade arrest.
“Gopi is part of a tender mew. He goes to Berhampur when there is a tender filing process and stays there along with the members of his gang. Happy has been living in the city for several years and is involved in running sex rackets. Both Gopi and Happy enjoy the patronage of some influential people, because of which they have stayed off the police radar,” claimed a senior police official.
Meanwhile, Meher, who was brought on a four-day remand by Nayapalli police, is being grilled at the DCP office here. Nayapalli police station inspector-in-charge Suryamani Pradhan Saturday evening took Meher to a few spots in the city where his associates and other miscreants are allegedly running sex rackets.
Meher, who was arrested on April 21 for running a high-profile sex racket in the city, has told police that his monthly income used to be around Rs 2-3 lakh, said a police official in the investigating team. Sources said Meher was also
“We are going to investigate the spread of Meher’s network both inside and outside the country. We will also investigate how he had contacted a Kyrgyz woman, who was rescued by police from Chandrasekharpur area last month,” added the official.
“During the preliminary questioning, Meher denied any involvement in bringing the Kyrgyz woman here. But we suspect his role in bringing her to the city,” said a QAT official.
Meher also claimed that a city-based woman social worker and a dentist were helping him run the sex racket. When relations between them worsened, they tipped off police about the racket, he claimed.
Sources said Meher was also running a ‘paid friendship’ business in which he was providing women for friendship and dating.