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MP honeytrap case: Indore police forms 6 teams to arrest owner of Sanjha Lokswami

Indore Police have formed six teams to nab Jeetu Soni, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the evening tabloid Sanjha Lokswami which published transcripts of telephonic conversations between the five arrested women and their targets in the honey trap case.

The paper had also released discreetly shot sex videos of a former minister and a retired bureaucrat who served as a principal secretary to Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The police on Saturday night had raided four different locations including a hotel, a dance bar, the residence and a newspaper office belonging to Jeetu Soni.

The police action came after Harbhajan Singh — the Indore city engineer — who was allegedly being blackmailed by the honey trap gang, lodged a complaint that the paper was violating his privacy by publishing his objectionable pictures and releasing his videos on social media.

In the raids that lasted for over 12 hours, the police rescued 67 women seven children from the dance bar and recovered 36 live cartridges and six used cartridges from his house.

According to Indore SSP Ruchivardhan, the 67 rescued women were stashed like sheep in small rooms on the top floor of the dance bar. “The women belong to West Bengal and Assam and were not allowed to move out of the hotel. They were allowed to go home only once a year and were being forced to perform vulgar dances. They were neither given any salary nor allowed any PPF accounts,” Ruchivardhan said at a press conference on Sunday evening after completion of the raids.

The police have booked Jeetu Soni, his son Amit Soni and others under section 370 of the Human Trafficking Act, Arms Act, and the IT Act. Jeetu Soni has also been booked for blackmailing and causing obstruction to a public servant while performing his duty.

“The live and used cartidges recovered from Jeetu Soni’s house are not of the gun that they have liscence for, hence the case under the Arms Act,” Ruchivardhan said.

State DGP VK Singh while talking to India Today TV said the action against Soni was as per law. “No matter how powerful you are or how well connected you are, if you are doing anything illegal, action would be taken against you,” he said.




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