They Were Locked Up, 2 To Be Sold For ₹7L Each; Four HeldPankhuri.Yadav@timesgroup.com
Twenty-seven children — two of them infant — were rescued from a house in northwest Delhi’s Shakurpur during a raid carried out on Tuesday by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) along with Delhi Police and an NGO.
Officials said these children were trafficked from Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, and were kept in two dingy rooms of the four-storey building. Four of the seven traffickers who were keeping a watch over the children have been arrested. The three others, two of them women, are absconding.
Four registers with records of many children, whom the traffickers seemed to have either pushed into flesh trade or sold off as domestic helps in other states, have been seized, a policeman said.
The arrested have been identified as Murari, Qutab Mudeen, Ibrahim and Sarfaraz, who had been running the gang with the three others since the past few years. Prima facie, it seems the rescued children, five of them male, were not sexually assaulted.
An NCPCR official said the raid was conducted after receving a complaint from Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the NGO. The complaint had mentioned two of these minor girls would be sold off on Tuesday evening.
Priyank Kanoongo, member (Education) of NCPCR, coordinated with Delhi Police for the raid on the house. The house, when raided, was found to be locked. When the team didn’t get any response after continuous knocking, it decided to break open the door. The children were found locked on the first floor, in two separate rooms. The accused confirmed the tipoff that two girls were to be sold off for Rs 7 lakh each on Tuesday.
An FIR was immediately registered and investigations were taken up by a team led by SHO Satish Kumar of Subhash Place police station. Two of the girls claimed that the infants were their children and cops will go for DNA tests of the infants.
Ajay Kumar, his wife Soni Devi and their accomplice Rita Kumari, are the main accused of the busted trafficking racket but all three are absconding. The children are sent to Nari Niketan and their statements are being recorded in front of a counsellor, a police officer said.
Dhananjay Tingal, executive director of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, said, “The rescue was possible only after a deep undercover investigation. The team has also retrieved Aadhaar cards and biodatas of children rescued from the location, which would be helpful in reuniting them with their families.”
Officials said the children were trafficked from Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, and were kept in two dingy rooms of the four-storey building. Four of the seven traffickers who were keeping a watch over the chldren have been arrested