Forty-six persons from a village in Bongaigaon district in western Assam – 31 of them children – have been rescued by the police from a factory in Rohtak in Haryana, with the Assam Police now asking the Haryana Police to track the culprits, both employers and traffickers, in order to check the menace.
Bongaigaon additional SP Imdad Ali said these people, which included a few families too, were lured with money by a gang of traffickers from Koreya, a village under Jogighopa police station and taken to Haryana about five months ago. “While the families were taken on the promise of jobs, they were kept confined in a godown attached to a factory and were paid only a few rupees on a daily basis so that they could not save money to run away,” Addl SP Ali said.
“Members of two such families lodged an FIR a couple of weeks ago, following which we managed to track down the people in a factory in Rohtak district with the help of Haryana Police. But when we raided the place, the owner of the factory had already fled,” the Addl SP said. The rescued persons have been brought by train to Assam and they have reached their homes on Sunday afternoon, he added.
The 46 who were rescued included 31 children, several of them adolescent girls, while three women also had infants. “The adults were initially paid a salary at the end of the first month of work, but later they were only given a few rupees for daily sustenance, with the owner ensuring that they could not save money to run away,” Ali said.
The police are also on the look-out for three local persons – namely Rupchand Ali, Ibrahim Ali and Elahi Ali – who had allegedly lured the families to go with them to Haryana. The trio had reportedly handed over the group of people to two persons – Manoj Kumar and Tilak Kumar – in Rohtak, who in turn handed over the group to the owner of a factory that dealt in steel and iron scrap.