Assam police has rescued 40 minors and two adults from the neighbouring state Sikkim who were trafficked from Chirang district of Bodoland Territorial Region of western Assam, said Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The victims, rescued last Wednesday were between the age of 8-18 years old and they were trafficked by a racket spanning to West Bengal and Sikkim of which two has been arrested so far, police said.
Sarma, who also holds the home portfolio, during an event at Guwahati on Friday after the victims were brought in to the state capital, said that the state police have managed to rescue over 107 minors and women from the hands of traffickers in the past two months.
On the Wednesday’s rescue, Sarma said, “These children were lured from Assam promising better education along with scopes of employment outside Assam, to be engaged in the works of domestic help. All the victims were engaged as domestic helpers.”
According to police sources, the victims were taken from three villages in Chirang district.
“A police complaint was filed in the Runikhata police station (about 20 kms from district headquarters Kajalgaon) following which an investigation was launched,” police said.
A team of Chirang police in course of their investigation had conducted raids along with Sikkim Police and rescued the children from Sikkim-West Bengal border areas.
The prime accused, currently under Chirang police custody, has been identified as Krishna Yogi while another has also been taken in custody in this connection.
CM Sarma said that the rescued has been presented in front of Child Welfare Commission at Chirang and the state is yet to decide on how to rehabilitate them.
“We would take a call in the next 5-6 days, if we would like to keep them in institutional custody, shelter homes or return them back to their parents. I will also meet with these children’s parents,” Sarma said.