Prashant Acharya, EOI, SILIGURI, 9 Jun 2016: The Khoribari police have arrested six suspected human traffickers after the Darjeeling-based NGO, Mankind Action for Rural Growth (MARG), took the initiative to rescue a missing minor girl from Nepal.

All the six suspects are from Assam and the Dooars and were operating from New Delhi. They used to lure girls from north Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal with promises of good-paying jobs and push them into the flesh trade in several areas of the country.
MARG president Nirnay John Chhetri and activist Bishal Gond worked tirelessly to make it easy for the police to nab the six suspects from the Panitanki area near Nepal and New Jalpaiguri railway station.
Chhetri said Nepal’s renowned NGO, Maiti Nepal, informed them about the missing 15-year-old girl from a remote village in Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal.
Initially, MARG received information that the girl had been taken to Darjeeling and then to Samsing. But her whereabouts were soon traced when volunteers of Students Against Trafficking sent a friend request to the girl on Facebook and started chatting with her. The volunteers told her they were from Nepal and were looking for jobs and presently living in the Indian border settlement of Panitanki.
Eventually, the girl told them she was in Delhi and worked as a dancer in hotels. She also shared her phone number with the volunteers and told them they would be picked up by agents from their houses.
All this information was shared with the police and on Wednesday, Urgen Bhutia (23) and Srijana Rai (22) were arrested from Panitanki. They had come from Delhi to escort those ‘girls’.
Urgen is a resident of Jaldhaka and Srijana is from Kumai.
On Thursday, Hierien (39) of Shilong, Prashant Borah (24) and Pranjol Sunwar (37) of Dibrugarh and Pranita Sunwar of Sipchu Forest village under Nagarkata were arrested from NJP railway station.
They too had come from Delhi to take away those ‘girls’.
Deuodoot Gajmer, offcicer-in-charge of Khoribai police station, said the arrested persons have been placed on 14 days police by the Siliguri court.
“A probe is on to find more people involved in the racket. A team has also moved to New Delhi to rescue the minor.”

KalimNews Adds: In its Facebook social network MARG, Nirnay John Chhetri writes : On 18th of April 2006, MARG received a request from Maiti Nepal to help them search for a missing minor girl from SindupalChowk. MARG located this missing girl in Delhi, MARG members (Students Against Trafficking Club) befriended with the missing girl and started to chat on Facebook. During the chat the missing girl informed our SATC members that there are lot of job opportunity in Delhi. On further discussion SATC members were informed that job was to dance in a hotel and entertain guests physically.

MARG along with SATC members dramatized the action and 3 MARG SATC members got ready to go to Delhi. SATC members were asked to send their photographs and within 20 minutes a soft copy of Aadhaar Card and a photo was made available and sent soft copy along with an appointment letter.

The dramatized plan was that SATC members who are all minors were to run away from home for Delhi. On 8th June 2016 Police team headed by Mr. Deuodoot Gajmer OC Khoribari and MARG team laid a trap at Indo Nepal border Panitanki. The local agent was supposed to come to receive them. From 8am the team was ready and finally at 1pm the local agent came to the location which was decided over the phone. Ms. S Rai and Mr. U Bhutia was arrested on the spot.

The whole evening we continued to talk to Delhi people and we found out that from their group a girl had boarded Rajdhani to come to pick up our (SATC) girls from NJP to Delhi.
Again a trap was laid on 9th June 2016. The team was headed by DYSP Mr. S Mondal, Mr. Kalyan Gurung (CI) and Mr. Deodoot Gajmer OC Khoribari and his team. One girl Ms. P Rai along with three boys, two from Assam and one from Shillong was apprehended.
MARG would specially like to thank SP Darjeeling Mr. Amit P Javalji, Mr. Pranai Rai (PP), DYSP sir, CI sir and especially Mr. Deodoot Gajmer for all the support provided. This is a case of sex racket and our minor girls are involved and the links are throughout India even abroad. It was a team work and together we did it. Thank you all especially the 3 SATC members our remote SATC member from Kolkata SATC coordinator, and Case worker. Together we can and we will…(Photo courtesy : MARG)