Two minor girls, trafficked from West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district by agents of a placement agency for engaging them as domestic helps in Delhi, were rescued by the crime branch of Delhi Police on Sunday morning. The girls were rescued from Old Delhi railway station after they arrived there by Mahananda Express with four persons who had brought them to Delhi on the pretext of providing good job.
A placement agency owner and his four agents, including two women, were also arrested by the police for allegedly trafficking the minor girls. The arrested persons have been identified as Ravi Soren, the owner of the placement agency who runs the business from his office in north Delhi’s Shakurpur, and his agents-Satyam, Kiran Chetri, Maini Chetri and Laxmi. All the four agents hail from Jalpaiguri and were working for Soren, said a senior police officer.
Sanjay Kumar Jain, DCP (crime and railways), said the minor girls were rescued following a tip-off provided by the members of Shakti Vahini, an NGO actively involved in the rescue of trafficked children. “They informed us that some minor girls from Jalpaiguri are being brought to Delhi. A raid was conducted and two minor girls were rescued from the Old Delhi railway station. We also arrested four persons who brought the girls to Delhi,” said Jain.
During interrogation, the DCP said, the accused revealed that the rescued girls were to be handed over to a placement agency owner. “At their instance, we arrested Ravi Soren, the placement agency owner. We are questioning the accused to find out how many other minor girls were trafficked to Delhi by them,” added Jain.