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Manipur police rescue 178 youths

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 2 | Publish Date: 2/2/2019 12:04:29 PM IST

As many as 178 youths have been rescued by police during crackdown on human-trafficking in Manipur in the last two days. One of the members of the human trafficking racket has been arrested from Moreh, the border town of Manipur at the Indo-Myanmar border, a police source said on Saturday.

118 were rescued from hotels and rented houses in Imphal while the remaining 60 were rescued from hotels in the border town where raids were conducted by the police accompanied by officials of state social welfare department and members of Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR). Officials taking part in the operation claimed that the youth were to be trafficked to different countries in South East Asia via Myanmar. The operations were launched acting on information from a Nepal based NGO through Delhi Women Commission who alerted government machineries and NGOs across the country, particularly in Manipur where the trafficked Nepali nationals were allegedly headed for onward journey to south Asian countries via Myanmar.

During questioning, the rescued youths told police that they were brought to Manipur for onward trafficking to Myanmar and beyond. On the first day of the crackdown on Friday, a total of 40 girls were rescued while 20 more (five girls and 15 young boys) were rescued on Saturday.

During today’s operation, one Nepal national identified as Madal Kumar who is alleged to be one of the members of the human trafficking racket was arrested by the police. He was arrested from the border town Saturday morning, around 8.30 am, police said.

Simultaneous raids conducted in various hotels in Imphal led to rescue of 118 boys and girls from Nepal.  The rescued youths have been taken to Lamphel police station in Imphal West district from where they would be handed over to Ujawala Rehabilitation Homes after necessary legal procedures, the police said. Meanwhile, a police source said that most of the rescued victims possessed foreign passports and investigation to establish the genuineness of the passports have been initiated.

Police at the border town Moreh have also conducted search operation at the villages along the porous Indo-Myanmar border near Moreh to foil illegal crossing. Official sources said that Manipur’s border town Moreh has increasingly been used by traffickers to send young boys and girls from Nepal to Myanmar via India.

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