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HC lauds police team

Calcutta High Court has lauded a police team for rescuing a 17-year-old girl whom a gang had kidnapped and taken to Bihar to work as a dancer.

The girl, a resident of Chandernagore in Hooghly, had been reported missing on May 14. She was rescued from a remote village in Chhapra, Bihar. The cops are searching for Veena Pandey, 65, the alleged kingpin of a racket that adbucts girls from various parts of Bengal to make them work as dancers in the neighbouring state.

The division bench of Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Joymalya Bagchi, which had been monitoring the case, on Thursday said the director-general of the state police should reward the police team “to encourage their colleagues”.

The girl’s uncle had lodged an FIR accusing two residents — Uma Rozbar and Kalimuddin — of kidnapping her. The police arrested the duo but were allegedly inactive for two months. In early September, the uncle moved the high court seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI. After a plea from the government pleader, the cops got more time to investigate.