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Manipur police rescue 5 children from trafficking
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUNE 12:
Published on 12 Jun. 2011 11:29 PM IST
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Police on Sunday foiled an attempt of trafficking five children, all below the age group of 12 years. Police intercepted a vehicle where the five children, all from Moirang area of Manipur’s Bishnupur district were traveling with some elders said to be their parents and guardians at Sekmai check-post along Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-39 around 1.30 pm.
Six persons who claimed to be their parents and guardians were detained by the police and lodged a complaint at Imphal West district police headquarters where verifications were conducted in the presence of state social welfare department officials.
The elders escorting the children reportedly convinced the police that they were taking their wards outside the state for better education. However, police detained them from proceeding further according to the order issued by state social welfare department which prohibits children below 12-year from going outside state and also on suspicion of children being trafficked.
It may be mentioned that recently 19 children from Tamenglong district rescued from an orphan home in Maharashtra. Around 200 cases of child trafficking have been reported during 2007 to February, 2010 in Manipur.
Considering the alarmingly increase of child trafficking activities, Manipur police officer has plan to open anti-human police trafficking cell in some selected districts. Police admitted that human trafficking was a major concern in Manipur and they were gearing up to tackle it.

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