Doctor involved in flesh trade racket arrested

Lucknow, Dec 1 : A doctor who was allegedly involved in abducting girls and forcing them into prostitution has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh. A teenager who was recently kidnapped by the doctor was also rescued from his hospital, police said Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team of Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi district, some 300 km from Lucknow, raided a private hospital in Allahabad district Monday night. They rescued the 17-year-old girl, who was abducted Nov 19 from her native village in Kaushambi.

"H. S. Patel, who is an MD, has admitted his crime. The 41-year-old doctor has confessed that he along with his aides abducted the girl from neighbouring Kaushambi district," police inspector Radha Raman told reporters.

Patel owns a popular nursing home in Dhoomanganj town in Allahabad district, about 200 km from here.

"The doctor, who runs the nursing home in Saketnagar locality, has also admitted that they used to operate a flesh trade in his hospital and other places in Kaushambi," added Raman.

According to police, other than the doctor, medical staff of the private nursing home could also be involved in the racket.

Police have also detained some staff members of the nursing home to gather more information about the racket.

"Patel has provided us with some clues that would help us nab active members of the racket, who operate in different districts of the state," said Raman. (IANS)

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