Imphal, July 11: An alleged drug addict, Thangchinmang, was yesterday arrested for selling his two minor daughters around 10 days ago.
The police today said they had received complaints from local residents on Wednesday that Thangchinmang, 41, a resident of Bungmual at Churachandpur district headquarters, sold off his two daughters to two women.
The police swung into action yesterday after confirming the whereabouts of the father and arrested him.
They subsequently rescued the two girls from Moirang in the neighbouring district of Bishnupur.
The police found one girl near Indian National Army memorial complex and the other at a place not very far from the complex.
The two women who had bought the girls were arrested today.
The local residents reported to the police that the father was a drug addict.
The police, however, said they could not confirm whether man was an addict or not. It is believed he father sold his daughters to buy drugs.
“We have taken into custody the father and two women. We have rescued the girls as well. We are interrogating the three and the girls have been handed over to the Child Welfare Committee, Churachandpur. We are trying to ascertain why the father sold his daughters,” the district superintendent of police, Kabib K, said.
A local court today remanded all three in police custody for four days.
Sources said the father demanded Rs 30,000 in exchange for his two minor daughters and took them to Moirang.
He had demanded Rs 10,000 from the two women as advance.
The police are not disclosing if the two arrested women are the buyers.
The man lived with his daughters in a rented room after his wife left him for another man nearly one year ago.
The police started an investigation into the case after citizens’ groups and the Child Welfare Committee of the district reported the case to Churachandpur police station.
Relatives of the man informed the local citizens’ groups.
The superintendent of police said the police could arrest the man and the two others because of full co-operation of the public.
During police interrogation, the accused said he could not look after his daughters, as he had to go out every day to earn his living. He also reportedly told the police that he was sorry for his actions.
The Child Welfare Committee handed over the girls to the Zomi Mothers Association, a citizens’ group, which will keep them in their custody till the investigations are over.