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Hooghly: A sleaze racket in nowhere else but right in a public guesthouse! This is what was going on in the Bishramika Guest House near Konnagar railway station in Hooghly.

The guest house is owned by Konnagar Municipality and a local Trinamool leader Shyamal Mondal has been running this for the last two years on lease. Mondal had unsuccessfully contested the 2015 civic polls from Konnagar’s ward 3 on Trinamool ticket.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the CID and police raided the guest house last night and found five girls and three men in compromising positions. One of the girls is a teenager. Condoms and pornography video CDs were also found in the rooms of the guesthouse.

Following this, CID arrested the three men and the manager of the guesthouse. The girls were sent to a state-run home and the guest house was sealed. The lessee Trinamool leader Mondal is absconding since the raid.

Swapan Das, the Trinamool councillor of Konnagar ward 9 where the guest house is located, said that people of the area as well as he himself had the information that a sleaze racket was being operated in the guesthouse. “But I kept mum fearing attacks on me as some powerful people are behind this,” Das said.

The allegation is that the lessee Trinamool leader Mondal is close to Bappaditya Chatterjee, the chairman of Konnagar Municipality. Chatterjee, however, has rubbished the charge and said that the civic body will initiate legal action against Mondal and cancel his lease.