Massage centres raided ; 11 arrested for prostitution

Posted on Dec 6th, 2009 and filed under Local News.

MANGALORE : A police team led by the Mangalore ASP Amith Kumar Singh which simultaneously raided two massage parlours at Subhashnagar near Pandeshwar and Kotekani near Urva, have arrested 11 persons on charges of indulging in prostitution. The accused were produced before the court and later released on interim bail. Meanwhile a complaint has been lodged with the magistrate alleging that the massage parlour owner Bhojaraj, who is a physically disabled person, was attacked by the cops during the raid.
It is learnt, Bhojaraj of Haleyangady had started the massage parlour at Kotekani in Urva without availing any government benefits for the disabled. The massage parlour at Subhashnagar was run by Geetha Nayak. Both the parlours had trade licence and also permission letter from the Department of Health. A complaint had been made against the two parlours last month alleging that prostitution activities were being held there.
Sulochana (39) of Hoigebazar, Geetha Naik (40) of Urvastores, Babitha (28) of Ashoknagar, Usha (33 of Kasargod and Rukhiya (35) of Madikeri were arrested from the massage parlour at Subashnagar along with Naganna (49) of Haveri.
Bhojaraj (37), the owner of the massage parlour at Kotekani, Kumuda Nayak (48), the manager, Nirmala (34) of Chilimbi, Chitra (23) of Hoigebazar and Vedavathi (30) of Kotekani were arrested.
The accused were arrested before the JMFC second court on Saturday night. While the ower Bhojraj was granted bail, the others were granted interim bail. The advocate for the accused, Shashiraj Kavoor had argued before the court that it was a professional enmity that had led to the lodging of a complaint of prostitution in the massage centres.
Meanwhile, the massage parlour owner Bhojaraj who said it was impossible for him to think of prostitution in his parlour, informed that he had all the valid documents and would lodge a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission. On the other hand, ASP Amith Kumar Singh said the massage parlours had been raided only after it was ascertained that prostitution activities were being held there.
Sharan Pumpwell, Bhajrangdal convenor, while welcoming the raid, said such raids should be conducted on all massage centres in the city.

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