Police have intensified their investigations into the flourishing prostitution racket that was discovered during a raid in an apartment owned by former city police commissioner and Lok Sabha MP Satyapal Singh. The police have learnt that the apartment was being rented out to prostitutes and their clients at the rate of Rs 1,000 per hour.
The apartment in Versova that is owned by former city police commissioner and Lok Sabha MP Satyapal Singh was rented out to prostitutes and their clients. File pic
One of the accused in the case, a man identified as Raja, is still on the loose, with police raiding different locations where they suspect he could be hiding out. The caretaker of the apartment Vakil Raju Shah, who is in police custody, revealed that he met Raja a few months ago, who asked him to let out the flat to him on an hourly basis.
According to sources from Versova police station, Shah and Raja worked in close coordination. Raja asked Shah to help him run the prostitution business in the apartment, knowing that officials from Indiabulls — to which Singh had leased the apartment visited the apartment sporadically.
“Before sending any customer or sex worker to the flat, Raja would ask Shah if there were any guests in the apartment. Only after his confirming that the flat was empty would he give sex workers the green signal,” the officer added.
Having rescued two women and arrested a pimp from Patliputra, a posh building in Versova, officials of the Social Service (SS) Branch of the Mumbai police were shocked to find that the property they had raided with success was owned by none other than former city police commissioner and incumbent BJP MP Satyapal Singh (‘Pimp arrested, sex workers rescued from flat owned by Satyapal Singh’, mid-day, June 2). Singh had leased out the property to Indiabulls for use as a guesthouse. The Social Service Branch, which conducted the raid, subsequently handed over the case to Versova police for further scrutiny.