New Delhi: Police on Thursday arrested Retired Colonel Ahlawat in a high-profile sex-racket case in Delhi after he had come to the Saket court to surrender. Ahlawat has been sent to three-day police custody.
Ahlawat used to work as a pimp for an accused called Mr Sanyal. Sanyal, 62, was arrested earlier in connection with the trafficking of women from Central Asian countries and for running a sex racket.
The matter first came to the fore after Mr Sanyal’s residences in Safdarjung Enclave and Vasant Kunj in Delhi and also in Lucknow were raided by Income Tax authorities in June.
During the search, incriminating documents indicating his involvements in illegal activities like human trafficking and impersonation came to light.
Documentary evidence in the form of WhatsApp messages and SMSes were seized from phones at his residence at Safadarjung Enclave.
The IT officials had rescued a Russian national, about 23 years old, from his residence in Safdarjung Enclave. The SMSes and WhatsApp data of the woman’s mobile phone indicated that she was being kept against her will. Her travel documents, including her passport, were allegedly taken away by the accused.
In a statement given to the officials, the woman said she was feeling “very insecure” with the accused and wished to leave the premises immediately. She said that she also allegedly attempted suicide by cutting her wrist vein. The woman came to India on a tourist visa on February 25.
She was introduced to Mr Sanyal by retired Colonel Ajay Ahlawat, whose involvement in the case is being probed. He was previously involved in many cheating cases.
The IT raid had also led to recovery of copies of passports of other foreign nationals as well as phone numbers of dozens of women belonging to Central Asian countries from the accused’s residence.
“Messages exchanged between the accused Mr Sanyal and his associates revealed financial transactions over foreign women.
The investigation so far has revealed he has sent messages to government officials and other senior functionaries, posing as a Member of Parliament and top bureaucrat for getting favours in certain business deals.