Mumbai Police arrested one Haneef Sharakali Uddin, a native from Assam’s Nagaon district, for running a brothel in Marine Lines, a prominent location in South Mumbai.
A police team, acting on specific information, on Tuesday night, raided a flat at Jorawar Bhavan, a prominent building in Marine Lines, and arrested Haneef Sharakali Uddin, the kingpin of the brothel.
Initially, the police had sent a decoy, who managed to befriend Haneef Sharakali Uddin, and confirmed the functioning of the brothel at the flat.
Police officials from the social security branch (SSB) raided the flat, arrested Uddin and rescued two girls, who were forced into prostitution.
Though police did not disclose the identity of the two girls, sources said they were trafficked from Assam, and were forced into prostitution.
The flat owner is in Malaysia, and Haneef Sharakali Uddin was the caretaker of the apartment.
Constructed in 1938, Jorawar Bhavan was given on 999-year lease by the then governor general to Pratapsingh Raja of Sant state of Gujarat.
In 1948, the Sant state was ceded to India and the properties were taken over by the government.
During the last few years, Jorawar Bhawan has been facing problems with certain illegal tenants.
As per reports, the flats and garages in the historical building have been sold and resold.
New Marine Lines is the area just south of the station near Churchgate. It is home to a number of offices including the UTI, Registrar of Companies, Customs (Marine and Preventive Wing), Income Tax office and various other Governmental agencies.