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‘Sex racketeer attempted suicide as she was punished for breaking prison rules’

‘Sex racketeer attempted suicide as she was punished for breaking prison rules’
The Tihar Jail authorities told a Delhi court on Tuesday that alleged pimp Sonu Punjaban, running an inter-state prostitution racket, had attempted suicide inside the jail after she was punished for breaking prison rules time and again.

In their report to Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Kumar, the jail authorities said under trial prisoner Geeta Arora alias Sonu Punjaban had attempted suicide as she was punished five to six times for possessing mobile phones and its chargers in the jail against the rules.

Sonu is lodged in Tihar jail for allegedly supplying call girls at farmhouses and five-star hotels.

She had allegedly tried to commit suicide in the high-security jail on 20 November after she was caught with a mobile phone. According to the police, she had tried to hang herself by tying her dupatta to an exhaust fan. She was, however, saved after fellow prisoners alerted guards.

After the incident, the court had sought a report from the jail authorities and the same was given to Sonu’s counsel also on Tuesday. The court has now fixed the matter for 5 December.

The Delhi Police last year had invoked stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, under which the accused cannot be granted bail easily and any statement recorded in front of a police officer of DCP rank is admissible in court.

Earlier a case was lodged against Sonu at Preet Vihar police station under the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act relating to prostitution in or in the vicinity of public place and seducing a person for the purpose of prostitution.

Sonu had earlier been arrested in similar case in Saket. She was also arrested from south Delhi in April 2011 when she came there to strike a deal. That was Sonu’s third arrest for running a prostitution racket.

She was also allegedly involved in a murder case in Haryana’s Jhajjar district.

Sonu is known to have close links with the underworld as well. She is the wife of slain gangster Hemant, who was killed in a shootout in April 2006.

Earlier, she was married to Vijay and Deepak, Hemant’s elder brothers, who were also killed in different shootouts.
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