Assam police waiting for details of boys rescued in Tamil Nadu

Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police is trying to get details about the 22 Assam boys, who were rescued, along with 54 others belonging to Manipur, by the Tamil Nadu police in Chennai and Kanyakumari. Inspector General of Police (IGP), CID and the State nodal officer for anti-trafficking Mukesh Sahay told The Hindu that he was trying to get in touch with Tamil Nadu CID officials. “The first level investigation will be done by the Tamil Nadu CID and we hope to get the preliminary information from them within the next two to three days,” he said.

Two Delhi-based NGOs — Shakti Vahini and Vikalp Dhara — that is fighting the trafficking menace have demanded a thorough inquiry into cases of trafficking from the northeastern States. Following the rescue of the boys, they wrote to N.S. Kalsi, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, on Wednesday drawing his attention to the increase in trafficking from the north-east.

They pointed out that the Tamil Nadu rescue was not an isolated case. “Trafficking from north-east India and the eastern Himalaya region is continuously on the rise and needs a detailed investigation,” wrote Ravi Kant, president, Shakti Vahini.

The letter also said media reports might indicate the tip of the iceberg and in all probability organised gangs had begun operating to traffick in women and children. Shakti Vahini alleged that the Assam government had not realised the gravity of the situation as could be gauged from the fact there was no official response from the State. Ideally, the Assam government should have immediately rushed a team to Tamil Nadu for the safe repatriation of the rescued children in cooperation with the Tamil Nadu government, it said.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/01/29/stories/2010012955091300.htm

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