The district police on Friday arrested four members of a gang that was involved in immoral trafficking of women across states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Rajasthan and New Delhi. The arrested included a former jawan of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) hailing from Sirsa.
The arrested have been identified as Ashok Kumar, Sandeep, Raju and Sonia and a case under sections 370, 370-A of IPC and 5-A of the immoral traffic prevention Act has been registered against them at the Joga police station. Sonia is wife of Sandeep and the couple had been running a marriage bureau in Rohtak.
Early in the morning, the police raided a home in Joga village and recovered a 27-year-old woman hailing from Burdwan district in West Bengal.
Station house officer (SHO) Joga Dalveer Singh said that a fortnight ago, the victim was brought to Joga village from New Delhi by Ashok Kumar (ex-ITBP jawan) on the promise of a lucrative job. "The victim came to Joga a fortnight ago. She stayed in the house of Bholi Kaur, who has been facing several criminal cases under the immoral trafficking Act. When the victim refused to obey her orders, she asked Ashok Kumar to take her back. When Ashok Kumar arrived there with the three other accused, we nabbed them, but Bholi Kaur managed to escape."
The gang had been operating in the neighbouring states of Punjab. Ashok Kumar further revealed that he had been employed with the NSG in Gurgaon and, after quitting his job, he got into the trafficking racket. Meanwhile, the cops have launched a manhunt for Bholi Kaur, the alleged kingpin, who has been facing several cases in Sirsa and Mansa districts under for immoral trafficking. The victim was sent for a medical test in the evening for which the reports are expected next week. The victim said that she stays in Delhi with her maternal grandfather, who asked her to go with Ashok Kumar.
Though driver named Raju was caught with others, the police did not reveal any information regarding the vehicle used by the accused while travelling from Sirsa. Sources have confirmed that the Tata Indica car used by the gang belonged to a very influential person from Mansa.
The SHO said that they were trying to investigate the involvement of locals in this case. Another source confirmed that the investigation into the ownership of the vehicle might reveal links of influential people involved in this racket.