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Judge’s trafficking finger at police

Calcutta, Aug. 4: A Calcutta High Court judge today observed that “a section of police is involved” in the racket of trafficking girls and said the crime was “very much active” in the state.

Justice Nadira Patherya made the observation while hearing a petition moved by Kamal Singh, a Calcutta resident who alleged that Murshidabad police had failed to trace his 15-year-old daughter missing since May 6 from her maternal uncle’s house in Kandi.

“I know that a racket is very much active in trafficking girls from this state. Either these girls are killed or they are smuggled by the miscreants. A section of the police is also involved in the crime,” Justice Patherya observed.

The judge then directed the Murshidabad police superintendent to take all possible steps to find out the whereabouts of the girl and produce her in court on August 13.

“Since both Kandi and Behrampore police have failed to trace the girl and two of the accused named in the FIR have already obtained bail, I direct the superintendent of police of Murshidabad to take all possible steps to find out the whereabouts of the missing girl and to produce her before this court on August 13,” the order said.

Appearing for Singh, advocate Somnath Adhikari had on July 1 told the court the girl had been missing since May 6. Her maternal uncle had lodged missing complaints. Three persons were arrested, but the girl could not be traced.