Si­ta­pur cops bust traf­fick­ing racket, res­cue mi­nor girl

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: The Si­ta­pur po­lice busted a state-wide hu­man traf­fick­ing racket and res­cued a 16-yearold Kushi­na­gar girl on Mon­day night.

The cops also ar­rested a woman, who had brought the girl to Si­ta­pur on as­sur­ance of a job, and was planning to sell her into the flesh trade for ₹ 1.5 lakh.

The woman named Kal­pati, a res­i­dent of Si­ta­pur’s Ramkot area, was ar­rested from a ho­tel room in Si­ta­pur when the po­lice team raided it on a tip off by a so­cial ac­tivist. While the cops res­cued the girl, the peo­ple who had come to buy her man­aged to escape.

LUC­KNOW: The Si­ta­pur po­lice busted a state-wide hu­man traf­fick­ing racket and res­cued a 16-yearold Kushi­na­gar girl on Mon­day night.

The cops also ar­rested a woman, who had brought the girl to Si­ta­pur on as­sur­ance of a job, and was planning to sell her into the flesh trade for ₹ 1.5 lakh.

The woman named Kal­pati, a res­i­dent of Si­ta­pur’s Ramkot area, was ar­rested from a ho­tel room in Si­ta­pur when the po­lice team raided it on a tip off by a so­cial ac­tivist. While the cops res­cued the girl, the peo­ple who had come to buy her man­aged to escape.

“So far the probe has re­vealed that the ar­rested woman has a state-wide net­work and many other peo­ple are in­volved in it,” said Akash Kulka­rni, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP), Si­ta­pur, while talk­ing to HT over phone.

He said the woman has con­fessed to sell­ing at least five-six girls to flesh trade rack­e­teers in the past one year. “The po­lice are try­ing to trace those girls,” he stated.

Kulka­rni said a po­lice team, in­clud­ing a deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, is hunt­ing for the other gang mem­bers.

He said the res­cued girl told cops that she is an or­phan and met Kal­pati on a rail­way sta­tion in Kushi­na­gar a few days ago. “Kal­pati as­sured her a good life­style and a job while bring­ing her to Si­ta­pur,” he said and added that the girl some­how sensed her evil in­ten­tions and shared her con­cern with a so­cial ac­tivist trav­el­ling with them in the bus.

The SP said the so­cial ac­tivist tipped off the po­lice about the ho­tel near Mandi Chowki in Si­ta­pur city where the girl had been brought for sale.

He said po­lice also had in­puts about some peo­ple, from dif­fer­ent places, stay­ing in the same ho­tel for the deal. “The girl was res­cued just be­fore she could be sold off,” he said.

Kulka­rni said ef­forts are on to track the girl’s rel­a­tives so that she could be re­united with them.

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