Police to seek custody of human trafficker
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