To curb human-trafficking, the home department of Uttar Pradesh has issued notification for creation of anti-human-trafficking police stations in 12 districts in the state, including one each at Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar districts.
“Notification to this effect has also been issued in the first week of June. The anti-human-trafficking police stations will come up at 12 districts in the state,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal.
Previously, as part of curbing human-trafficking, a special unit was assigned to 12 districts which would now be converted into a full-fledged police stations. They would be provided with additional resources in terms of personnel and vehicles.
Lal said that such police stations would come up at 12 districts, including Meerut, Allahabad, Basti, Lucknow, Bareilly, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi and Moradabad.
In Ghaziabad, the police station will commence operation from Monday, near the premises of women’s police station.
“The matter has already raked up issues related to human-trafficking, especially in cases of minors and women. These police stations would take care of all such cases and work in close coordination with the district labour department, social-welfare department and various NGOs to ensure tracking of such cases and the rehabilitation of the victims,” Lal added.
Earlier this year, the district police had rescued two young women from Bulandshahr district in western Uttar Pradesh. These women belonged to the state of Assam and were forced to marry elder people in north India. “We cracked this case and handed over these two women to the Assam police for rehabilitation,” SSP Lal said.
With the start of anti-human-trafficking police station, Ghaziabad would now have 24 police stations in its jurisdiction. The district officials have already sent another proposal for adding seven more police stations in the city areas considering a rapid increase in population during past two decades.