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Captive women rescued

Three women from Mumbai, who were allegedly being held captive in the city after they refused to work as bar crooners, have been rescued. Three men were arrested based on a complaint filed on Tuesday.

The women in their early 20s were lured to Calcutta with the promise of jobs at an event management company. On reaching the city, however, they were asked to work as bar crooners.

When the women refused, they were allegedly held captive in a house at Tagore Park, Kasba, till they managed to contact an NGO in Mumbai which, in turn. alerted its counterpart in Calcutta.

The arrested trio have been identified as Dipak Debnath, Manawar Hossain and Zohair Abbas.

Mumbai resident Abbas had brought the women to Calcutta on November 30, the police said.

Debnath, a resident of Nadia, was in charge of the women’s food and logistics, while Hossain used to liaison between the group and the bars where the women were supposed to join as singers.

Investigations have revealed that a woman in Mumbai, identified as Zoya, had introduced the three to Abbas and sent them to Calcutta.

“According to the statement given by the three women, Zoya had told them that they were being recruited at an event management company in Calcutta and would get hefty salaries. The arrested persons have claimed that they paid a huge amount to Zoya for the custody of the women,” said an officer of Kasba police station.

“The three wanted to go back but were kept confined by the men and were told that they would be released only if they pay the money invested on them,” said an officer.

The police said eight women had come from Mumbai and three of them had protested when asked to work as singers.

The rescued women have been shifted to a home. The police are trying to contact the women’s family members in Mumbai.