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4 girls rescued from tunnel at GB Road, woman arrested

SHAKTI VAHINIPUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA BY SOMREET BHATTACHARYA

New Delhi: A 50-year-old woman was arrested by a joint team of Delhi Police, West Bengal Police and an NGO and four girls rescued from a house in GB Road of central Delhi on Sunday afternoon. The girls were trafficked to Delhi from South 24 Parganas and confined to a tunnel constructed inside a room.

Police said two girls rescued were minors and abducted from Barrackpore. Two others were brought from Mumbai and forced into prostitution. Police started tracking the traffickers after a minor girl went missing from the same village near Barrackpore and trailed them to Delhi.

A team led by inspector Sharbari Bhattacharya, inspector AHTU, CID, West Bengal Police arrived at Kamla Market police station and informed them about the girls after which the raid was conducted. The woman was arrested after she admitted to the offence and a case of illegal confinement was filed.

The girls were either abducted or lured by traffickers on the pretext of a job and sold for Rs 10,000. NGO Shakti Vahini said that two of the girls had refused to eat for the past few days, were beaten and thrown into the tunnel as punishment for not being disciplined.

“We are counseling the girls so that they can give details about the youths who lured them,” said Rishi Kanth from the NGO.

Sources said the racket could be a part of a larger module being controlled by a kingpin based in Bangladesh which also targets girls from Nepal. Cops said technical surveillance conducted on a few suspects show that they frequently travelled to the neighbouring countries.

DCW chairperson, Swati Maliwal, also visited the police station to interact with the girls. She said recommendations would be made for changes in social welfare laws and the issue would be brought up before chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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