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Trafficker arrested, lens on Maoist link



NEW DELHI: The owner of a fake placement agency involved in human trafficking was arrested from her home in Shakurpur in northwest Delhi, a place considered the hub of such illegally-run, shady units in the capital.

Gayatri (30), notorious trafficker Pannalal’s sister-in-law, was involved in sourcing children from Jharkhand to be put to work as domestic helps in the capital through her placement agency, Gayatri Enterprises. Pannalal has been running several sub-units to expand the business of human trafficking in Delhi, police have said.

Joint commissioner (crime) Ravindra Yadav confirmed the arrest. Police said that, former Jharkhand minister Yogender Sao, who is accused of having Maoist links and was arrested a few days ago, was also nabbed from this house which belongs to Pannalal. Pannalal, himself, is at large. He is said to have been trafficking girls and children in collusion with the minister and another trafficking honcho Baba Bamdev.

This information has been revealed during continuing operations of Delhi crime branch, NGO Shakti Vahini and Jharkhand Police. Police are now probing if the money was being diverted into funding Maoist activities.

Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said, “We received information about a girl from Jharkhand kept in confinement by Pannalal and his wife Sunita. She was rescued. A non-bailable warrant was issued against Pannalal. He is on the run. A search is on to nab him.”

Aradhana Singh, in-charge of the anti-human trafficking unit in Jharkhand, confirmed Pannalal led a large module of traffickers and placement agencies in Delhi and is wanted in many cases. “He has been bringing in girls from Jharkhand villages,” she said.

Gayatri, police said, was paying Rs 12,000 for a girl and employing them for Rs 22,000, making a monthly profit of Rs 10,000 per head. Pannalal and Sunita gave police the slip a few days ago.

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