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NGO shield for trafficker

Guwahati, Feb. 14: A human trafficker from Assam, currently out on bail after being arrested last year, is allegedly back to his old ways, this time in the name of an NGO. A source in Assam police told The Telegraph that Munna Jaiswal alias Munna Choudhry, hailing from Paneri in Udalguri district, had again come under the police scanner for running a human trafficking racket through a Delhi-based NGO in which he holds the vice-president’s post. “We have strong reasons to suspect that Jaiswal, in his early forties, is trafficking minor boys and girls from poverty-stricken areas of eastern India like Assam, Jharkhand and Bengal, and employing them as domestic workers in Delhi,” the source said.

Although he refused to reveal the name of the NGO in the interest of investigation, the source said the accused was bringing these children to the national capital through an illegally-run placement agency called Pooja Placement Services, situated at New Friends’ Colony. The placement agency is run by the fake NGO and the accused is the vice-president,” the source said. Jaiswal was arrested on July 13, 2011, for running a human trafficking racket through Rajdhani Placement Agency in Delhi’s Rajouri Garden area in a raid conducted by Delhi police on basis of information provided by their Assam counterparts.

An FIR (number 188/11) was lodged against him by the crime branch of Delhi police under Section 23 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, Section 14 of Child Labour Act and Section 373 of the IPC. The police carried out the operation with the help of a Delhi-based anti-trafficking organisation, Shakti Vahini. According to the source, two cases were registered against Jaiswal at Paneri police station in Assam.

Rishi Kant, a member of Shakti Vahini, told The Telegraph over phone from Delhi that according to a report submitted by the special branch of Assam police last year to Delhi police, the accused was involved in trafficking girls from Assam to Haryana and Punjab, where their demand is high because of the skewed sex ratio.

“He also cremated two girls from Assam without informing local police or the parents about their death. Two arrest warrants were also issued by a court at Mangaldoi in Assam against him. Jaiswal had sexually abused many poor girls and deserted them later,” Kant said. He said the accused employed girls as domestic help and took Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 as security money.

“Every month, he collects the salary of the girls from their employers. The placement agencies make an agreement of 11 months and after this period is over, they are shifted to another employer,” he said.

The police source said the accused used to take away the entire salary and security money without giving any share to the poor family members of these children.

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