Delhi Police rescued a 27-year-old mentally unstable woman from Assam who was allegedly held captive here by three men.
Subham Gosai (25), Sagar Rout (25) and Ranjan Koiri (28) have been apprehended for allegedly operating an organised gang involved in trafficking of girls from Assam to Delhi and other states, said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime).
The Crime Branch received information from Assam Police about a 27-year-old missing girl said to be in Delhi.
The woman was missing from February 24 and her parents had filed a complaint in Assam. During analysis of the mobile phone location, it was found to be somewhere in northwest Delhi’s Shakurpur area.
A team led by ACP Shweta Chauhan was constituted under the supervision of DCP (Crime) G Ramgopal Naik to trace and rescue the woman.
The three accused were detained in connection with the case. During further investigation, it was found that the victim had been brought to Delhi from Guwahati on February 26, while she was waiting for a train on February 24 from Assam.
“Since she was not mentally sound, her parents kept her in quite a protected environment and would not allow her to venture out. She wanted to work and earn money like others of her age, so she ran away from her house,” said another police officer.
On the way, she met the accused who convinced her to travel to Delhi with them.
They lured her on the pretext of providing her a good job but she was forcefully kept in a rented house at Shakurpur and made to work as a maid.
When she resisted, she was beaten, her SIM card was broken and her money and gold chain were snatched from her.
“Due to her extreme resistance and the fear that they might be caught if something happened to her, they abandoned her at New Delhi Railway Station on February 28 around 1.30 PM,” said the officer.
Efforts were made to trace the victim in the area of the railway station and inquiry was made from auto and taxi drivers, coolies and shopkeepers in the area, police said.
She was traced at the railway station on March 2 around 4.30 AM.
“She spent her days sitting in the waiting room or roaming around in the area. A rag picker identified her and told us that she had been seen roaming in the area,” police said.
All three accused have previous criminal backgrounds and further legal action against them is being taken by Assam Police.