Children were found locked up in squalid and unsanitary rooms, during the raids on a resort owned by Bernard N Marak , Meghalaya BJP Vice President .
In Meghalaya, the police are searching for state BJP unit’s vice president and former militant leader Bernard N Marak alias Rimpu for the case of “immoral trafficking” that was registered against him in Tura of West Garo Hill districts, reports said.
Meghalaya police said a “brothel” operated outside the resort and the BJP leader is evading arrest. So far 73 people have been arrested in the case, all brought to trial.
“All the children were in a state of shock and could not speak correctly. From the materials recovered during raid, as well as from the design of the building, it seems that the place was used by Bernard N Marak alias Rimpu and his accomplices for prostitution stated the police.
The police informed that a missing complaint of a girl was filed by her and the girl was later traced at Tura by her relatives.As per reports , the girl in the court said that she and her friends were taken to Rimpu Bagan by the accused and kept in a room , assaulted multiple times.
“Apart from the instant case, multiple verbal complaints were being received by respectable residents of Tura town area that many immoral activities are going on at Rimpu Bagan owned by one Bernard N Marak,” a police statement said.
BJP leader said Chief Minister Conrad Sangma for targeting him by “asking the police department to link yesterday’s raid to a POCSO case in February”.
Conrad Sangma, leader of the NPP, formed a government with the support of the UDP, BJP and other regional parties in 2018
Marak denied any wrongdoing at his resort, saying the raid was carried out without a warrant on the orders of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, “misusing the entire state apparatus by the CM”.
“None of the detainees were involved in indecent activities. The police has violated and harassed the underage students I sponsored to study, claiming they were involved in sexual activity. An adult cannot be called a party prostitute and no host family can be called a brothel.