Forced to wear 'skimpy' clothes, 27 girls rescued from bar

Forced to wear 'skimpy' clothes, 27 girls rescued from bar

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bangalore police say they have rescued 27 girls, hailing from north India and Nepal, who were forced to serve alcohol and wear skimpy clothes to attract customers to a bar near Residency Road. 

Nineteen people, including two Nepalese nationals, have been arrested in this connection. The CCB said it raided Chef Inn Senorita Bar and Restaurant on FM Cariappa Road after receiving a tip-off. 

Those arrested are Srikanth, Lakshman, Punith Kumar, Mahesh, Indudhar, Nagaraju, Sanjay Das, Manikanthan, Girish, Dinakar, Dinesh, Lokesh Gowda, Keshab, Manjunath S, Devaraj, Vinod, Mahesh, Venkatesh and Satish. Vinod and Lakshman hail from Nepal. The rescued girls hail from the Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Kolkata and Nepal. 

The arrests were made after one of the victims managed to contact her brother in Nepal and narrated her ordeal, said the Commissioner of Police, Raghavendra Auradkar. Her brother contacted a local NGO which then approached the commissioner of police. 

The bar owner, Ramesh, two Nepalese nationals, Biswa and Ramesh, and three people from Mumbai, Manju, Dinesh and Irfan, are at large, he added. The victims had been brought to the City with the promise of “decent” jobs. 

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