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Kerala ‘contact’ in cuffs

Palakkad (Kerala)/Ranchi, June 5: A 40-year-old man from Jharkhand, allegedly a middleman trafficking children to Kerala orphanages, was arrested from Thrissur district today.

Based on a tip-off, a crime branch team nabbed Shakeel Ahmed, police said.

According to police, Ahmed, a migrant worker in a quarry in Wadakkanchery, Thrissur, was with the children when they were allegedly brought to Palakkad by train last month, but fled when railway police detained the minors.

A Godda-based parent, Abdul Kudus Ansari, whose four children were among those detained at Palakkad, had mentioned Shakeel’s name to The Telegraph (Godda discovers bitter truth about orphanages, June 3). Ansari described him as a contact who ferried children to orphanages. “Shakeel duped us. He didn’t buy train tickets for the children.”

HC steps in

Taking serious view of the case involving minors from Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal, Kerala High Court today suo motu impleaded the railway ministry and social welfare departments of the three states. “There should be serious investigation on why such a huge number of children came,” the bench said.


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