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Trafficker who threatened cop tracked, held



NEW DELHI: A human trafficker committed a blunder of calling a woman cop from Chhattisgarh Police camping with her team in the city after which his number was tracked and the wanted man arrested. The criminal had called to threaten the cop with dire consequences if she continued the operation. He is being interrogated for the whereabouts of the girls he has trafficked.

A team from the anti-human trafficking, led by sub-inspector Mallika Banerjee, has already rescued a few girls. The operation was launched after complaints of several girls being trafficked from Jashpur district was reported at a police station there. Questioning the teenage girls, cops came to know that a man named Guddu had brought them to the city with the promise of a job. They were found huddled in a room in Shakurpur.

A joint team of officers from Delhi Police, Chhattisgarh Police and an NGO was formed to raid several houses in the area, but Guddu managed to give them a slip. His placement agency — Kumar’s Placement — was also sealed last month.

On Sunday around 2am, Guddu called up Banerjee and threatened her. “He said he had high connections and I could not do anything to stop him,” Banerjee said. She went to Subhash Place police station and a team was formed to trace the number. Guddu was tracked down to a slum. During interrogation, he told cops that a team “collected” children from various backward areas of Chhattisgarh and brought them to the city and he paid them Rs 15,000 per child.

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