A self-styled Hindu holy man and a British Airways flight attendant have been arrested in Delhi on suspicion of involvement in a multimillion-dollar prostitution racket.
Police said that Shiv Myra Dwivedi, a Hindu swami, used his temple in south Delhi as a front to provide as many as 200 prostitutes, including flight attendants and students, often to clients in five-star hotels.
In his spiritual guise he claimed a following of more than 100,000 people, including leading politicians. Undercover officers arrested him, another alleged pimp and six alleged prostitutes including two flight attendants, one from British Airways and one from the Indian airline Jagson, on Friday evening, Delhi police said.
The six women, aged between 19 and 30 and including an MBA student, each gave fake Indian names, apart from one identified only as “Ms. Julie.” Delhi police did not specify their nationalities. BA told The Times that it was looking into the report.
A police statement said that the suspects were detained as the alleged pimps negotiated a deal with a group of young men near a cinema in the upmarket Saket neighborhood of the Indian capital. Police also found a network of tunnels and secret rooms at Dwivedi’s temple as well as six diaries and other documents detailing his alleged involvement in prostitution, according to media reports.
“In disguise of this spiritual façade, he is a pimp and tout who supplies sex workers in posh areas of Delhi,” the statement said.