All the arrested were booked under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act and remanded in police custody for six days.
Police said officers who raided the terrace party at Viva hotel in Campal found six women performers dancing to loud music. As the police team entered, the women locked themselves in a room, raising suspicion, said Goa police inspector Rajendra Prabhudesai. Singh, a four-time MLA ,is the son-in-law of veteran SP leader Bhagwati Singh.
The MLA from Sitapur in central UP, who represents Sevta assembly seat, flew into Goa along with his friends on Sunday and was staying in Candolim beach.
Singh said he was being singled out for harsh treatment. “Dance programmes take place everywhere in Goa and police do not arrest anyone. I arrived in Goa on August 24 and yesterday I had gone to Panaji to visit a casino. There I received a call from my friend, inviting me for a birthday party which I went to attend,” expressed the arrested MLA.
Police said what aroused suspicion was that the girls didn’t know each other and it appeared that they had been arranged by different persons for the evening.
“If the girls had been part of a troupe or orchestra, they would have known each other well and would not run for cover. The girls behaved suspiciously,” a police source said.
Cops said four of the six girls were from Delhi and all had been sent to a women’s shelter. There are no dance bars at any Goa hotel and those at Viva had arranged the programme on the terrace. “The loud music disturbed residents in the area, prompting Cumbharjua Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar to call the police,” a source said.