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Santosh and his wife Rekha of Chandwa police station area in Latehar wooed the three minor girls to go to Delhi promising them good pay for working there.
The girls were taken to Delhi in June 2013 but after their parents were unable to contact them for over six months they approached Santosh and Rekha to know their whereabouts but instead of telling them the address, the traffickers fought with them.
The officer in charge of Manika police station, K K Sahu, said, "After getting into a fight with Santosh and Rekha, parents of the girls lodged an FIR with us in January this year and after much investigation we arrested the duo in May end."
After Santosh and Rekha were arrested, the duo confessed that they trafficked the girls to Delhi and left them at a placement agency in Delhi run by Meena Minj, who belonged to Chipadohar police station area of Latehar. After getting the tip off, Latehar police issued an arrest warrant against Minj and went to Delhi where they arrested the woman on July 11 and presented in the court on July 12.
She revealed that two out of three girls were sent to work in Kota, Rajasthan while one worked at a household in Delhi. However, during the time of arrest of Minj, all three girls were present at the placement agency and thus were immediately rescued.
Sahu said, "Minj confessed that she used to get Rs.4,500 from each employer out of which she used to give Rs. 2,500 to Santosh and Rekha and kept Rs.2000 for herself. The girls and their parents were not given a single penny." The girls were brought back home safely by the Latehar police team on Monday night.
July 14, 2014
July 04, 2014
A 23-year-old man, who wooed impressionable teenagers and sold them after luring them to Mumbai, has finally been arrested by the Crime Branch. He was nabbed after trafficking a 15-year-old girl from West Bengal, after courting her and promising to marry her. Once in the city, he sold her off for Rs 25,000.
According to the police, the accused, identified as Ajijool Sirajul Lashkar (23) arrived in Mumbai with the minor girl and was living with her. The girl was a resident in the jurisdiction of the Baharipur police station in West Bengal. An officer from Unit XI of Crime Branch said, “We got a tip-off that a woman was going to be sold soon.
On the basis of that information, we picked up a middleman who wasn’t involved directly in the deal, but knew about it. The man told us that the accused would be bringing the girl to the city soon.”
“Lashkar soon arrived in Ghatkopar with the minor, and called up the middleman, who immediately informed us. After this, we laid a trap and arrested him on June 26,” the officer said, adding, “Interrogations revealed that the accused had come to the city on multiple occasions before, to negotiate the deal to sell the 15-year-old minor girl.
After she went missing, the victim’s parents registered a case of kidnapping with the Baharipur police station in West Bengal. In the past, Lashkar has lured four girls to the city and sold them.” All four girls are still missing.
In each instance of trafficking, Lashkar wooed his victims till they fell in love with him. He promised to marry them and settle in Mumbai. Once the unsuspecting victim set foot in the city, she would be sold off. As soon as the deed was done, Lashkar would slip out of the city.
A team consisting of Senior Police Inspector Avinash Sawant, Police Sub-inspectors Hitendra Vichare, Sharad Jhinhe and constables Deepak Jadhav and Santosh Desai arrested Lashkar, who was later handed over to the Baharipur police in West Bengal.
An officer said, “The accused has been handed over to the local police in West Bengal, who are now investigating the matter. In his statement to us, Lashkar said that the other four girls that he sold in Mumbai had also been brought from West Bengal.” Lashkar has been booked under sections of the IPC for kidnapping, rape and human trafficking.
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Updates from TOI
KOLKATA: A villager from Basanti in South 24-Parganas has single-handedly succeeded in rescuing his teenaged daughter and three other girls from his village from a dance bar in remote Uttar Pradesh. The girls had been trafficked last October by a tout who is also the rescuer's brother-in-law. It was a train ticket that accidentally fell out of the tout's pocket that led the father to the girls.
A complaint was lodged against the tout at Basanti police station on Saturday.
Last October, Mannan Sk turned up at Chaprakhali village and told brother-in-law Barkat Laskar that he was looking for some young girls to serve as helps in 'respectable' homes in Delhi. The pay, he quoted was much higher than what Barkat could hope to earn in a month. Barkat readily agreed to send one of his daughters with Mannan. He also arranged for three other girls from the village.
"They left for Delhi in October but never called home after that. Mannan would turn up every few months and hand over money to the families. He would assure us that the girls were well and their employers are satisfied. If questioned further, he would get irritated and ask how would the girls be sending home money if they were not in safe hands? But he never got them to speak to us," Barkat said .
In the first week of June, Mannan returned to Chaprakhali and met Barkat and the other parents at a tea stall. He paid them what the girls had apparently earned, but Barkat wasn't convinced. Even as Mannan was bringing out the cash from his pockets, a piece of paper fell to the ground. Mannan didn't notice, but Barkat picked it up after the tout left. It turned out to be a train ticket from a remote town in UP to Howrah. Barkat claimed the town was Ukhao or Ukhau.
Without informing Mannan, Barkat left for this location the next day. He claims he spent the next 10 days scouring all red light areas and every dance bar in that part of UP. He also got in touch with people involved in trafficking of girls from West Bengal and Nepal. Finally, he located his daughter in a dance bar. The three other girls were also with her. The desperate father got in touch with the local police, who immediately conducted a raid. The girls were rescued and escorted to the station with Barkat to catch a train to Howrah. The group reached Basanti on Saturday.
"We learnt of the case only after the UP police got in touch with us and provided all assistance. A complaint has been lodged by Barkat and we have already initiated a search for Mannan," said Praveen Tripathy, SP, South 24-Parganas.