Samajwadi Party MLA, leaders held watching `mujra` in Goa

Uttar Pradesh MLA Mahendra Singh was among the six persons arrested by the Goa police following a raid at a Panaji dance bar.

Updated: Aug 28, 2013, 12:56 PM IST

Panaji: Uttar Pradesh MLA Mahendra Singh was among the six persons arrested by the Goa police following a raid at a Panaji dance bar who have been booked under the Anti-Prostitution Act, police said.

The raid in a city hotel on Tuesday, following an anonymous phone call, resulted in the rescue of six women and the arrest of the men, including Singh, the Samajwadi Party MLA from Sitapur constituency in UP.

Police said there were also two other Samajwadi party leaders from Uttar Pradesh - Jaipratap Singh and Dharmendra Pratap.

According to Panaji police, the six girls rescued were brought from New Delhi and Mumbai.

A police officer, who was part of the raid, said all the accused men were sitting on mattresses on the floor and the girls were dancing to Bollywood songs in the centre of the room.

"It was clearly a `mujra` which was happening there, with the girls dancing and the accused people sitting with wads of money and alcohol," police said.

Police are now probing whether the girls were also procured for prostitution.

Police inspector Rajendra Prabhudesai said that police had already informed the UP Assembly speaker about Singh`s arrest as that was mandatory under law. Singh is reportedly a four-time MLA from Sitapur.

While the kingpin behind the racket is still at large, the girls brought from were rescued during the raid, DSP Mahesh Gaonkar said on Tuesday.

IANS/PTI