GREATER NOIDA: As many as 12 women, including college students, and 11 men were arrested from a hotel in Greater Noida’s Dankaur area on Saturday for their alleged involvement in a sex trade racket. The raid comes in the wake of a sting operation in which one of the hotel managers can be seen talking about paying between Rs 1.5 and Rs 2 lakh every month to the Dankaur police as protection charges.
Soon after the video went viral, a team led by ACP-III (Greater Noida) raided the hotel without sharing any information with the Dankaur police. Several items, including condoms, have been seized by the police in the raid on the hotel New Crowne Plaza, which has been running in the area for the past 10 years. Noida police chief has ordered a probe into the role of the Dankaur police and suspened four cops.
Locals confirmed that a PCR van of the Dankaur police would stay parked opposite the hotel situated on the main GT Road joining Dankaur and Bulandshahr with the Yamuna Expressway on a daily basis. Sources said that the accused used to take Rs 1,000 from every client, of which Rs 500 would go to the woman involved.
The racket came to light after a local mediaperson conducted a sting operation on Wednesday and found at least five persons managing the hotel’s affairs, including two persons who identified themselves as owners and three who identified themselves as managers. One of the accused was even caught on tape saying that “police cannot come” to the hotel because “Rs 1.5-2 lakh” goes to the local police on a monthly basis.
Additional DCP (Noida) Vishal Pandey said that out of the 12 arrested women, three are college students and six are married women. The arrested men have been identified as Ankit Gupta, Manish, Anuj, Prem Singh, Abhishek, Karan, Amir, Vinay, Ravindra, Varun and Gyanendra, the manager of the hotel. “The main accused has been identified as Gyanendra,” Pandey said. Officials said that the hotel did not even have arrangements for tea preparations.
However, a villager said that the hotel was being run by Gyanendra, along with his elder brother Ishwar. “Ishwar too is an accused in a rape case. The land on which the hotel has come up belongs to the brother-in-law of Gyanendra,” he said. “Earlier, functions like marriage and engagement used to be held at the hotel but they got stopped some two years back,” another villager said.
Soon after the raid, four police officials, including a head constable, from the Bilaspur chowki were sent to the police lines. They were subsequently placed under suspension. DCP (Greater Noida) Rajesh Kumar Singh said that an inquiry has been initiated into the role of the former in-charge of Mandi Shyam Nagar police chowki Sanjay Chaudhary and Dankaur SHO Anil Pandey.