Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have busted a sex racket allegedly run by a 'godman', Shiv Murat Dwivedi (39). One of the godman's aides and six women, including two airhostesses, have been arrested along with the godman.
According to police, the godman had set up a temple, out of which he ran his prostitution business, in south Delhi's Khanpur area. The accomplice, who police say is a pimp, has been identified as Praveen Kumar (28), reports Times of India.
The godman's disciples call him Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot Wale.
According to DCP (south) H G S Dhaliwal, of the six women, two are air-hostesses, one an MBA student and another an aspiring Bollywood actress. The aspiring actress has been taking regular acting classes. All the girls are between the ages of 22 and 25.
''The godman supplied high-class escorts. His clients often flew down to Delhi and stayed in five-star hotels,” said Dhaliwal.The entire gang was nabbed on Thursday after police received information that some pimps and sex workers were coming to PVR Saket to strike a deal. A sub-inspector was sent as a decoy customer. A deal was struck and the gang arrested.
According to Dhaliwal, Dwivedi comes from Chitrakoot in UP. He came to Delhi in 1988. ''He started working as a security guard at the Park Royal in Nehru Place and later shifted to a massage parlour in Lajpat Nagar. In 1997, he was arrested for being involved in prostitution. He was again arrested for receiving stolen property in 1998,” said Dhaliwal.
It was then that Dwivedi disguised himself as a godman and a disciple of Sai Baba. He constructed a 200-bed hospital and a temple in Chitrakoot.
The two airhostesses who were arrested have worked with leading Indian and international airlines and were living in huge apartments in posh south Delhi colonies.