Trafficking ring busted, 11 children rescued
Haryana police claimed to have busted an inter-state child trafficking racket and rescued 11 children, including six girls, from the clutches of a gang.delhi Updated: May 12, 2012 00:58 IST
Haryana police claimed to have busted an inter-state child trafficking racket and rescued 11 children, including six girls, from the clutches of a gang.
The police arrested two persons and produced them before a court, which has remanded them in police custody for four days. The rescued children are from Jharkhand and Orissa, the police said.
The police had got a whiff of the racket on Wednesday. Eleven children had been confined at a home in Surya Vihar on the Delhi-Faridabad border and were being forced into manual labour in the Capital, the police learnt.
"We formed a team and raided the home the same evening," said Darshan Lal Malik, assistant commissioner of police, Sarai Kwaja. "We rescued all the 11 children and also arrested two persons," Malik said.
The police were told during interrogation that Deepak Kumar and Sunil, both from Jharkhand, had lured the children with the promise of high-paying jobs in Delhi.
"The two accused had been forcing the children into working as domestic helps in the homes of affluent families in Delhi and NCR towns, Bangalore, Jaipur and Hisar," an officer said, adding that the arrested duo were based in Mayur Vihar, from where they had been operating for the past 5-6 years.
"Because of police pressure in Delhi, the duo had shifted to Faridabad only a month ago," the investigating officer said. Deepak, the police said, was having his house built in Faridabad.
The rescued children have alleged that they were neither paid nor were given proper food.
The police have booked the arrested duo for wrongful confinement under Sections 363 and 368 of the Indian Penal Code. "We don't think a case of human trafficking can be made against them," the officer added.
Although the rescued children are believed to be aged between 11 and 20, the officer said medical tests will be conducted to determine their ages on Saturday. "The children are illiterate. They do not know their ages," the officer said.
The rescued boys were shifted to Bal Gram in the NIT area, while the girls were shifted to SOS Children Village in the Greenfield area of Faridabad.