Afghan official held in Goa prostitution case

Panaji: Two Afghan nationals, including a Director serving in the Afghanistan government’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, were arrested following a raid on a prostitution racket in the beach village of Calangute in Goa, an official said on Monday.

According to Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo in-charge of the Calangute police station, the accused Mohammad Omar Arian, works as a Director of Internal Audit, at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Mohammad Azmal Hodman, an Afghanistan based-lawyer, were arrested in the raid conducted by officials of the Calangute police station, in which two women from Uzbekistan were rescued.

“The two accused from Afghanistan have been arrested under sections 370 (prostitution), 370(iii) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4, 5 and 7 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956,” Inspector Raposo said, adding that police are on the look out for a pimp who had solicited the services of the two Uzbek women for the Afghan duo.