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Navin Kumar Premlal Arya, a Bollywood casting director has been arrested for allegedly running a prostitution racket. The social service branch (SSB) of Mumbai Police rescued two women, 18 and 25, working as junior artists and caught hold of the casting director.
As per a Hindustan Times report, Navin had been running the racket for the past five years with the help of his friends, Ajay Sharma and Vijay, who are currently wanted due to this case. The accused used to charge Rs 60000 per woman, states the police.
Based on a tip-off, Sandesh Rewale, inspector, SSB, laid a trap at a cafe in Seven bungalows, Versova in Andheri (West).
“A decoy customer contacted Navin Kumar and he agreed to send two girls who work in the film industry as a model and artiste. The accused demanded Rs 60000 from the decoy customer for each woman and asked to book a hotel in advance. As soon as Navin Kumar arrived with the girls and his identity was confirmed, we arrested him and the women were rescued after recording their statement” stated the police officer.
The report adds that one of the girls was from Delhi, and had been involved in the racket for the past year. On interrogation, the police found that the racket involved models and Bollywood artists.
An offense under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act has been registered at Versova police station and further probe is on, stated senior inspector Sandesh Yeole of SS branch.