NEW DELHI: The West Bengal Police on Friday raided and busted a sex racket operating out of a guest house in Kolkata's Burrabazar.
The raids were carried out by the police after a complaint from locals of flesh trade being carried out.
However, the accused Pramod Singhania escaped through a tunnel which he created to slip through during possibilities of police raids. Clothes were found covering the entrance of the wooden door of the tunnel.
As per police, the locals complained about an illegal sex racket being run by the owner of the building, Pramod Kumar Singhania, who is an alleged follower of rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
One hidden tunnel was also found which police suspect the landlord used to escape from the scene.
As per the report, close to 25 wooden cabins of 10x10 dimension with beddings, wooden partitions were found in one of the floors o the residential building. The incident came to light on 25th December when locals spotted a couple in an objectionable position in one of the wooden cabins.
Angry locals then broke open the wooden cabins and confronted Singhania.
However, minutes before the police arrived, Singhania and other minor girls managed to escape from the tunnel.
"We went to the house and discovered that prostitution was being practised there. We also found minor boys and girls there. The landlord escaped through a secret tunnel after we got hold of him. Although it functioned as a guest house, it also floated flesh trade," a local said.
An enquiry revealed that Singhania had made some make-shift compartments in the premises and used to let these out to traders who came to Burrabazar for some business-related matters.
The police has registered the complaint and said an investigation was underway to nab the landlord and others involved.
Meanwhile, Singhania continues to be absconding.