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Con woman, two others caught in sex racket Thursday, August 2, 2001
BY A CRIME REPORTER, THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: The Navrangpura police busted a sex racket in Paldi and arrested a man and two women, one of who claims to be a Samata Party worker and a journalist!
The prime accused is Meera Harishbhai Shankarlal Panchal, besides Deepak Babulal Patel who runs the 'Downtown Travels' in Kalpana Complex in Memnagar area and Sunita Damodarsingh Khimansingh Rajput.
The trio cheated Chandrakant Naranbhai Patel (25) of Kadi, by luring him into a sex racket and extorting money.
In his complaint, Chandrakant stated that he was on his way to Kadi from Ahmedabad on Saturday when he was approached by a girl while he waited at the Paldi bus station. The girl asked him, "programme karne ka hai?" and he obliged. "He was taken to a room in 'Rest and Ride' guest house at Paldi and just as he settled down, a woman who identified herself as a police inspector from the crime branch said that the place has been raided and that he would be arrested", said Navrangpura police inspector O N Majumdar.
She then struck a deal and fished out Rs 1,300 from his wallet and said that a mobile van waited for him downstairs. But Chandrakant found nothing when he went down. Meanwhile, the woman who identified herself as Meera Panchal, instructed a girl waiting downstairs to let him go.
Later, on Monday she called up Chandrakant at Kadi and threatened to expose him unless he agreed to give them Rs 1 lakh. Panchal made the call from 'Downtown Travels' and was with Deepak Patel.
Chandrakant said he doesn't have that much money, to which they agreed on a part payment arrangement which was to be paid to Deepak.
Someone then tipped-off the Navrangpura police and they caught the two red-handed from Kalpana Complex at Memnagar. The third accused, Sunita, is the girl who waited downstairs at the guest house.
Panchal is learnt to have claimed before the police that she was well-connected and also dropped names of some influential politicians to press for her release. Samata Party state president Pravinsinh Jadeja was indisposed and could not be contacted for his comments.
Meanwhile, the police discovered that Panchal was into black-mailing and extortion. In the FIR she stated her residential address as Adinath Nagar in Memnagar, while the visiting card showed it as 'Shankar Nivas' in Gheekanta.
According to Majumdar, one Harshad, who runs the guest house was deep into this sex racket.
News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]