Po­lice to seek cus­tody of hu­man traf­ficker

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Ranchi - HT Correspondent htjhark­hand@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

RANCHI: Po­lice ar­rested no­to­ri­ous hu­man traf­ficker Ro­hit Muni in con­nec­tion with traf­fick­ing of three mi­nor girls from Simdega district to the na­tional cap­i­tal, in 2013.

Simdega su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP), San­jeev Ku­mar said a po­lice team ar­rested Muni from Trimuhan vil­lage near Ka­hal­gaon in Bi­har on Thurs­day night. The ac­cused was wanted in sev­eral traf­fick­ing cases across the state. His wife Prabha Muni Minj was ar­rested on Septem­ber 24 from West Pun­jabi Bagh in Delhi.

“The hus­band-wife duo of Ro­hit and Prabha ran the traf­fick­ing racket un­der the garb of so­cial work. They were in touch with var­i­ous place­ment agen­cies in metropoli­tan cities for which they used to traf­fic mi­nor girls from ru­ral ar­eas of the state,” Ku­mar said.

While, Prabha car­ried a re­ward of Rs 25,000, Ro­hit car­ried a re­ward of Rs 10,000 for any in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his ar­rest, the SP said.

Af­ter Prabha was ar­rested, the anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing unit of Simdega po­lice con­ducted raids at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Jhark­hand and Delhi to nab Ro­hit. “The ac­cused had es­caped to a hide­out near Ka­hal­gaon. Based on our in­ves­ti­ga­tions, we ar­rested him,” Ku­mar said.

The ac­cused was pro­duced be­fore a Bha­galpur court and brought to Simdega on Fri­day on a two-day tran­sit re­mand. Ku­mar said that po­lice was ques­tion­ing the ac­cused, and based on his state­ments, po­lice would ap­ply for se­cur­ing po­lice cus­tody at Simdega.

On May 6, 2013 a woman had reg­is­tered a case against Ro­hit un­der Jaldega po­lice sta­tion traf­fick­ing her 14-year-old grand­daugh­ter and her two mi­nor friends to New Delhi. Few months later, the trio was brought back af­ter a joint po­lice team of Jhark­hand and New Delhi, and a Delhi-based NGO, se­cured their re­lease. The war­rant is­sued was pend­ing for 5 years as Ro­hit had ab­sconded.

The dis­tricts of Simdega, Gumla, Lo­hardaga, Late­har and Khunti are among the top hunt­ing grounds for traf­fick­ers, be­cause of more than 35% of the tribal pop­u­la­tion liv­ing be­low the poverty line.

Th­ese dis­tricts sup­ply do­mes­tic help in Delhi and satel­lite towns such as Noida, Gu­ru­gram and Farid­abad.

ON MAY 6, 2013 A WOMAN HAD REG­IS­TERED A CASE AGAINST RO­HIT UN­DER JALDEGA PO­LICE STA­TION TRAF­FICK­ING HER 14­YEAR­OLD GRAND­DAUGH­TER AND HER TWO MI­NOR FRIENDS TO NEW DELHI. FEW MONTHS LATER, THE TRIO WAS BROUGHT BACK AF­TER A JOINT PO­LICE TEAM OF JHARK­HAND AND NEW DELHI, AND A DELHI­BASED SO­CIAL OR­GAN­I­SA­TION, SE­CURED THEIR RE­LEASE

■ Ro­hit Muni

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