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Body formed to check human trafficking

An Anti Human Trafficking Unit has formed under the police commissionerate to keep a watch on immoral trafficking. The initiative has been taken under the union home ministry's initiative of strengthening the law enforcement response in India against human trafficking.

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2012 15:13 IST
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An Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) has formed under the police commissionerate to keep a watch on immoral trafficking. The initiative has been taken under the union home ministry's initiative of strengthening the law enforcement response in India against human trafficking.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Sarbjit Singh, who has been appointed as nodal officer for the unit, said the AHTU had been formed in the city. Inspector Makhan Singh has been made the incharge, while sub-inspector Raman Kumar and head constable Kiran Bala are its members. Sarita Arora, central coordinator of Helpline, a project of ministry of women and child development, has also been appointed as member of the unit.

The unit has the mandate to receive complaints about immoral trafficking, bonded labour, child labour and forced begging and investigate the same, the First Information Report (FIR) in these matters will be registered in the respective police stations.

"The AHTU will work as integrated task force to prevent and combat the menace of human trafficking. Representatives from the department of women and child development and renowned non-government organisations will also be the part of AHTU to facilitate it working," said the DCP.

As per the directions of MoHA, the AHTU will consists of one inspector ranked officer, two sub inspectors, two head constables and two constables. Besides the representatives from department of woman and child development and local NGOs the AHTU will also have representatives from department of health and family welfare, department of labour and prosecution.