Mumbai – Late Thursday night, the Andheri police arrested 23 former bar dancers, who had allegedly taken to prostitution, from an Andheri (East) bar.
In all, 45 persons-23 former bar dancers, the bar owner, 11 employees and 10 customers-were arrested at around 11 pm on Thursday from Mayuri bar.
They were booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, on charges of prostitution and soliciting prostitution.
Initial investigations have revealed that the women are Mumbai residents who worked as bar girls in the same bar, before the ban on dance bars. Jointly owned by Harishprasad and Yashoda Shetty, Mayuri was a popular dance bar. ”I had received a tip-off that these bar girls were involved in a prostitution racket under the guise of being singers and waitresses at the bar,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) R P Sengaonkar.
”At about 10.30 pm, we sent a dummy customer with Rs 1,000 to check if prostitution was on. He was instructed to come out within 10 minutes if there was no such activity inside,” he added. According to the police, when the ‘customer’ did not do so, they raided the bar. ”We found the dummy customer with a girl inside a bedroom on the first floor. Other customers were also found in compromising positions with the women,” said Sengaonkar.
Harishprasad’s partner Yashoda, who is not in Mumbai now, will also be called in for interrogation, said Senior Police Inspector A S Mahavadi. ”All those who were arrested were produced before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate’s court and remanded to police custody till January 6,” he added.
January 3, 2006 ,Express News Service