Four Nepali women, three of whom were being trafficked to Muscat, have been arrested from Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district, officials said in Lucknow on Sunday.
One of the four women was part of a human trafficking gang and she was taking the other three to Muscat. They were nabbed by the anti-human trafficking cell of the police from the railway station on Saturday evening while they were headed to New Delhi, from where they were to take a flight to Muscat, an official said.
They were caught with the help of NGO Manav Seva Sansthan, which aids the police in curbing human trafficking.
"We informed the police and reached the railway station along with them. While their leader Dilmaya and another woman had a visa, the other two only had passports," Manav Seva Sansthan co-ordinator Gyan Kumar told IANS.
During interrogation, the women gave evasive replies and kept changing their statements. Dilmaya later said that all of them had relatives in Muscat and she was taking the women to get them jobs there.
"Later the women requested us to let them go back to Nepal. We have passed the information to the Nepal authorities and are awaiting a reply," an officer of the anti-human trafficking cell said.
A couple of months ago, police in Gorakhpur had arrested five Nepali women along with a pimp who was trying to send them to the Middle East.