Gaya cops rescue six kids from traffickers

,TNN | Jan 7, 2014, 06.46 AM IST

PATNA: With six more children in the age group 10-15 years being rescued at the Gaya railway station on Monday, speculations that Gaya was emerging as one of the transit points for traffickers and trafficked children have gained fresh momentum.

Of the six rescued children, four are from Chatra in Jharkhand and two from Sheikhpura district, Gaya GRP's station house officer (SHO) Ravi Prakash Singh told TOI over phone.

Speaking about the extreme exploitation of some of the trafficked children, Gaya SSP Nishant Tiwari said human trafficking remains a priority of the central as well as state governments. With the formation of Anti-Human Trafficking Units at the district level headed by subdivisional police officers as nodal officers, such cases are being tracked effectively, the SSP said. "We have come out with an idea of preparing a comprehensive data base of the nabbed traffickers to keep a close watch on them," he added.

The two suspected traffickers, Ashok Kumar and Meer Saud alias Mamu, told interrogators the children were being taken to Gujarat and Delhi to work in cloth mills and plastic and garbage industries. They also said they were carrying the children with them after taking consent from their parents and paid Rs 1,000 to each of the families concerned.

Gaya GRP SHO Singh said mere recovery of such children was not enough to ensure that the survivors did not fall prey to similar gangs in future. NGOs with the help of state government should ensure proper rehabilitation of the victims along with proper sensitization of their kin.

Talking to TOI, Gaya children welfare committee (CWC)'s Manoj Kumar Sinha said mothers of two victims had already reached the CWC office while the kin of the remaining four were on way. Highlighting the extreme poverty and ignorance among the kin of the rescued children, Sinha said they would be sensitized and counselled after their proper verification and the children would be restored to their families after they gave it in writing that they would not be lured by traffickers again.