Girl foils trafficking via Howrah

A 17-year-old girl from Siliguri was rescued from a crowded Howrah station subway on Saturday after she raised the alarm on seeing a posse of policemen and pointed at four people, accusing them of being human traffickers.

By Our Special Correspondent in Howrah
  • Published 3.09.18
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The three accused arrested in Howrah. Pictures by Subham Jyoti

Howrah: A 17-year-old girl from Siliguri was rescued from a crowded Howrah station subway on Saturday after she raised the alarm on seeing a posse of policemen and pointed at four people, accusing them of being human traffickers.

The suspects - three men and a woman -- were arrested. The police said the girl had been "sold" for Rs 20,000 and was being taken to Varanasi to join the flesh trade. She has also lodged a complaint of sexual harassment.

Just six days earlier, Calcutta High Court judge Nadira Patherya had said: "Being a woman, I feel scared (that) thousands of women are being trafficked from West Bengal."

Officers said the woman suspect, 19-year-old Susmita Roy aka Mampi, and an alleged accomplice, Rupam, had befriended the girl and lured her to Calcutta offering a job. The three of them reached Sealdah by train on Friday.

"They checked into a nearby hotel but Rupam vanished after that," an officer at Golabari police station, Howrah, said.

"The girl said that three men, one of them in his mid-50s, entered the hotel room and misbehaved with her with sexual intent."

The men told the girl she had been sold to them and would be taken to Varanasi, and threatened to kill her if she resisted, the officer said.

"Around 11.30am on Saturday, while being escorted by Mampi and the three men through the subway, she spotted some policemen and cried out. Other commuters intervened. The Railway Protection Force handed the suspects over to Golabari police," the officer said.

Sharad Gupta, 55, Pradip Kumar Singh, 32, Dinesh Gupta, 26, and Mampi, if convicted, can be jailed for up to 10 years.