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Two arrested in J&K sex racket

Source: PTI
May 29, 2006 21:28 IST
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Yasmeena, the 15-year-old girl who was allegedly pushed into the sex racket in Jammu and Kashmir, has identified three of 23 people who were paraded before her by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the High Court was informed on Monday.

The CBI informed a division bench comprising Justices Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain and B A Kirmani that of the three persons identified by Yasmeena, two had been arrested while the third was not directly involved in the scandal.

CBI deputy inspector general of police Pankaj Kumar Singh was asked by the bench about progress made in the case, upon which he informed the court about the Test Identification Parade procedure involving Yasmeena.

The court was informed that the 23 people paraded before Yasmeena included an additional superintendent of police and two deputy superintendents of police.

It was also informed that every name given by Yasmeena had to be corroborated by the CBI, as the teenager did not have complete knowledge about her 'visitors' and it was Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket, who used to identify the people for the girl.

CBI sources said though Yasmeena had named some bigwigs involved in the scandal, these had to be corroborated during a TIP. Five people, including Sabeena, were earlier arrested by the state police in connection with the sex racket, which sparked widespread protests across the Kashmir Valley this month.

The High Court wanted the CBI to form separate teams to deal with Sabeena, Yasmeena and other girls involved in the racket, but this was opposed by the agency, which said such a move would increase its work load manifold.

The CBI, which took over the case this month, has so far arrested two persons -- Maqsood and Shabir Langu, who allegedly filmed a minor girl with a mobile camera phone and made video CDs that were circulated in Srinagar.

The High Court Bar Association also sought a CBI probe into 14 cases registered earlier by the state police, sources said, adding while the court also favoured this, formal orders were yet to be issued by it.

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