The Police raided a bungalow in a suburb in Kolhapur city last night and found out a high profile prostitution den running under the garb of a marriage bureau. According to the police it has been disclosed that the main Dalal Sanjay Adake (40) was running a marriage bureau while suspended Home Guard woman Shevanti Waskar (32) was allegedly running the brothel where girls including those from Bangladesh were being brought by one known by his nickname Ganesh is bringing the girls via Pune to Kolhapur. The police found one day collection of Rs. 1.5 lakh while names of the customers’ list included high profile personalities such as revenue officials, doctors, teachers, regional officers, professors, and college youths, which were recorded under nicknames and their cell numbers. Seven accused including the Bangladeshi girls and the two main accused Adke and Wasker have been arrested.

Pan masala vendors demand compensation

The recent ban on Mava and scented tobacco has triggered unrest among Pan Masala vendors whose organisation held a meeting in Kolhapur on Saturday and demanded compensation and employment to vendors who are likely to be out of their daily business due to the ban. They pointed out that about twelve lakh vendors in the state may face closure due to the ban and hence they needed alternative employment. Satej Patil, minister of state for home and food and drugs administration, who was present, stressed that the ban had been imposed as scented tobacco and Mava were dangerous for health. If the vendors were facing a loss, their demands and difficulties would be considered but a ban could not be reconsidered, he said. In response to a query as to why cigarettes which were more dangerous to health were not banned, he said that cigars were not under the food category and hence were not banned now but a ban on cigarettes may be considered in the near future.

25 arrested in gambling den

The police arrested a gambling den running under garb of a sports club at Islampur in Sangli district and arrested twenty five gamblers including a retired additional tahasildar Ashok Jadhav and confiscated mobile sets, TV sets, vehicles, CCTV cameras, and Rs. 3 lakh in cash on Saturday.

Two die in accident

Two passengers Vijay Kharade and Sudhir Gurav died on the spot when a state transport bus rammed into a roadside tanker near Kasegaon in Sangli district on Saturday night. According to the police, 21 passengers in the bus had been wounded while driver Samarth Navale was serious and was being treated in Krishna hospital at Karad.