Five persons from Meghalaya, Assam, WB rescued from traffickers near Rangia railway station


RANGIA, May 27, 2018: Five persons, including a minor boy, were rescued from a house where they were lodged for alleged trafficking near Rangia railway station, the police said on Saturday.

Acting on a tip off, a police team raided the house and rescued the five persons on Friday, a police officer said.

The trafficker who had kept the five persons in the house is absconding and a search has been launched to track him.

On being interrogated, the five told the police that they had separately come to Guwahati's business area Paltan Bazar on Friday from different parts of Assam, Meghalaya and West Bengal in search of employment when an unknown man suddenly came to them and offered them jobs in biscuit and iron factories in Jammu and Kashmir.

The four men who are in their early twenties and the minor boy of about 15 belonging to poor families in Darjeeling, Shillong, Helem, Gohpur and Lakhimpur were offered Rs 8000 per month as salary and other facilities, the police stated.

The trafficker brought them to Rangia from Guwahati and lodged them in a room near the railway station.

The police have arranged to send the five rescued persons back to their respective homes.

Rangia railway station has been used as a transit point by human traffickers due to easy communication from the area to the rest of the country and Nepal, the police said.

The Railway Protection Force rescued six girls, including four minors, on May 21 when they were being allegedly trafficked at Rangia railway station, five minor boys and five men on May 15, besides sixteen girls, including nine minors, early in the month from the same area, the police said.

TNT News with inputs from PTI

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