Delhi police arrests one more in a MCOCA case of human trafficking

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Human Trafficking Delhi
Human Trafficking Delhi

New Delhi: Sustained operation by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police to curb the activities of the criminal syndicate operating a human trafficking and prostitution racket from GB Road, the Capital’s red light area, has led to the arrest of one more person in a MCOCA case of international Human Trafficking.

The Crime Branch recently launched action and invoked provisions of MCOCA against human traffickers operating from GB Road for the first time ever. In continuation of its efforts, the Crime Branch has arrested one more accused person Damodar Pandey @ Makkhan (38), who hails from Suja village of Anchal Raathi in Dang district of Nepal.

MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act) has been extended to Delhi to equip the Delhi police with more powers to handle increasing attempts by terrorists and organised gangs to target and get a foothold in the national capital.

Earlier this year, the Delhi Police had arrested a couple – Affaq Husain and Saira – who had amassed wealth and assets and properties worth millions of rupees, and six others. They have been booked under MCOCA for running from GB Road the biggest trafficking and prostitution racket with its trail stretching up till Nepal.

During sustained interrogation of Damodar, it has been revealed that he is an active member of the criminal syndicate. He used to be the Manager of Kotha No. 64, 3rd floor, G.B. Road, Delhi. He used to collect money from the customers and give it to Afaq Hussain and Saira Begum, the owners of the Kotha. He used to manage all the day to day activities of the Kotha and kept watch on the activities of “nayikas” and the victim girls.

Damodar came to Delhi and started plying an auto rickshaw in 2006,. He came in contact with Afaq and Saira about 6 years ago through his elder brother Ramesh Pandey, who was working as their driver. Ramesh has already been arrested in the same case.

Damodar, who was arrested on 18 October near NPL Parade Ground at Kingsway Camp here, has studied up to 6th standard. He is married and has two children. His family lives in Nepal.