By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal (Manipur), Feb 1 : Over 40 -suspected trafficked women from Nepal have been rescued by combined team of Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) and Tengnoupal Police under the Supervision of District SP Dr. S. Ibomcha from Moreh town today.
A middle aged Nepali man who is suspected to be the kingpin was also picked up by the police team. 2 other girls suspected to be among the trafficked girls were also rescued today from a Hotel in Imphal along with two other Nepali boys by a team of city police.
16-women from Nepal were intercepted at Immigration office, Integrated Check Post (ICP) Moreh Indo Myanmar border town around 10am today while they tried to enter Myanmar. They were escorted back to Moreh police station from ICP.
Based on an information from a detained woman Moreh police managed to apprehended 6 more person including a male. Moreh police gathered information that some women were already in the Moreh town since the last few days.
Later in the evening Moreh police picked up 20 more women from different hotels and lodges in Moreh town. 9 of the 20 women were picked up from Raj Cottage – a private lodge.
The Convenor of MACR, Montu Ahanthem said that a Nepal based NGO , Maiti Nepal had sent an intimation to the Delhi Women Commission regarding trafficking of large number of Nepali girls to India in the middle week of January this year.
Following that, NGOs and government machinery across the country were alerted and the Delhi Women Commission rescued 3 women from the nation’s capital. On being questioned the three revealed that other women who have been trafficked had moved towards to Manipur to cross over to Myanmar.
On receipt of the input , the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights, acted immediately and along with the help of police conducted search and rescue operation of the trafficked girls.
As Moreh town has a porous boundary with Myanmar. Checking at border gate have been intensified and source said that around 10 Nepali girls who possessed documents had already cross the border.
Convenor of MACR, Ahanthem Montu, said, “This is a major rescue operation and without the help of police it would have been impossible”.
When asked about what are the authorities are going to do with the rescued girls, Montu said the victims of flesh trade will be accommodated at Ujwala Home and the traffickers will be dealt with as per law of the land.
Image : Representational