Bhopal : A ruling BJP leader is among nine men arrested by State police’s cyber cell for allegedly operating an online sex racket at two rented flats in E-7 Arera Colony area here.

They also claimed to have rescued four women trapped in the racket. While nine men, including three customers, were arrested following a raid on the two flats on late Thursday night, four women in search of jobs from Maharashtra, Meghalaya and Panna (MP) were also rescued.

The gang members lured girls–mostly from other states including Noth East, with the promise of jobs and later threw them into prostitution racket.

The Cyber Cell had got information about the sex racket after it received complaint about a pornographic website that was being used to contact those who solicited sex workers.

The arrested men (aged between 20 and 40 years), include Dinesh alias David Singh, Suresh Gahlot, Ravi Prajapati, Harjit Dhanwani, Manoj Kumar Gupta, KK Jaiswal, Suresh Belani, Miswauddin and Neeraj Shakya, said SP (Cyber Cell Bhopal) Shailendra Chouhan.

Neeraj Shakya (33), a resident of Narela area here, was appointed as State media in-charge of the ruling BJP’s scheduled caste (SC) cell in Bhopal.

The modus operandi of the gang members was such that they tracked girls who applied on job sites. They would contact the girls and offer them job of receptionist or a job at the call centre.

“Following his arrest by the cyber cell, State BJP president Nandkumar Singh sacked him from the party,” MP state BJP chief spokesperson Deepak Vijayvargiya confirmed to the New Indian Express.

In February, three ruling BJP cadre, including Bhopal BJP IT Cell chief Dhruv Saxena, were arrested by the State anti-terrorism (ATS) squad for running Chinese simbox enabled illegal telephone exchanges, which allegedly aided spying by Pakistan’s inter-service intelligence (ISI) in India.

Source : IE