Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Two Giridih tribal girls rescued from Gujarat
GIRIDIH: Two young girls, who were reportedly sold for Rs 60,000 each by two traffickers of Asansol, were rescued from Gujarat and brought back to Giridih Muffassil police station on Tuesday.
The Muffassil police station here has lodged anFIR against six persons, including four in Patan, Bansaknatha and Kutch districts of Gujarat. The girls, residents of Leda Bargadda village, have complained to police about physical exploitation.
According to officer in-charge of Muffassil police station Abid Khan, both the girls were lured by a woman Basanti for getting them jobs in New Delhi.
"They were then taken to Asansol and from there to Ahmedabad on November 22. The girls were later shifted to different places in Gujarat, one at Bhachau in Kutch district and another at Patan and Banaskantha district. They were reportedly sold for Rs 60,000 each," he said.
The elderly people, who had kept the girls as captive, were using the duo in their farms as labourers and also exploited them physically. One of the girls managed to sneak to Bhachau police station and narrated her woes to police. But police did not take her complaint seriously.
The girl then called her father at Giridih and sought his help in getting rescued. The father of the girl, Basu Tuddu, then met the officer in-charge of the Muffassil police station. The girl then called up on the mobile number of the officer in-charge seeking his help.
The officer told her to meet Bhachau police station officers for the second time. The police station was eight km from the house where she was kept in captivity. "On the pretext of going to work in the farm, I went to the police station and made a call to the Giridih police from there," she said.
The Giridih police advised their Bhachau counterparts to help the tribal girl. From her, the address of her friend was also located.
Meanwhile, two police officers were sent by Giridih SP A V Honker to Gujarat last week and were brought back here on Tuesday morning.
Police said an FIR had been lodged under different sections of IPC, Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act against six people of Asansol and Gujarat.
Police had all praises for social activist Basantbhai Shah of Madhuban, the pilgrimage of Jains at Parasnath, who arranged the addresses of the two girls. Basantbhai is from Vadodara in Gujarat.
SP Honker said police teams were being sent to Gujarat to arrest Bharatbhai Prajapathi in Bhachau and Leeladhar Rawal in Patan. Efforts are on to arrest Ashma and Netaji, who had taken the girls from Asansol to Gujarat. He, however, did not divulge any detail about Ashma or Netaji. TOI