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16-year-old rescued from traffickers


NEW DELHI: A 16-year-old trafficking victim was rescued from Morni village in Panchkula, Haryana, on Wednesday. She had been confined and sexually abused for a fortnight before being rescued out by a team of West Bengal Police, Haryana Police and NGO Shakti Vahini. Though two of the main traffickers have been nabbed, the third is on the run. The crime branch of Delhi Police assisted in the operation as the girl was first brought to the capital before being taken to Chandigarh. From there she was taken to Panchkula. Cops suspect that the girl was going to be sold off to prospective bridegrooms for a huge amount.

According to the West Bengal police, the girl was allegedly kidnapped from her native village in Bengal by a local trafficker who then sold her to one Md. Yusuf, also from Bengal but now settled in Haryana. Yusuf has been arrested. A team of West Bengal police reached Delhi on April 28 and met members of Shakti Vahini after the girl managed to call home for a few seconds.. The cops took help from the cyber cell and tracked the number. It remained switched off. The cyber department then found that two other phone numbers were being used from the same mobile phone.

The team then detained one Md. Aslam. The victim’s location was traced to Panchkula in Haryana. The team rushed to Panchkula from where the girl was finally rescued. The trafficker was arrested and produced before the Panchkula court.

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