Northeast: 23 trafficked persons rescued from train stations, one nabbed

Northeast: One rescued, 23 people rescued from trains stations.

Guwahati: 22 children and a woman were saved by the Railway Protection Force (RPF), NF Railway, during routine checks at various trains and stations throughout the Northeast. This was between August 17 and August 19, 2022.

RPF also captured one individual involved in human trafficking during that period, NF Railway stated in an official statement.

In a recent incident on August 19, the RPF Anti-Human trafficking unit of Katihar and RPF/Post/Katihar(East) jointly conducted a drive in train no. 04653 (New Jalpaiguri – Amritsar Humsafar Express) at Katihar station, it added.

Five minor boys were found with one male passenger during the drive.

Interrogation showed that the male was taking minor boys to child labour.

The male was immediately taken into police custody. After the arrest, the male person was taken into custody. The rescued boys were also handed to the Officer in Charge/Government Railway Police/Katihar.

On August 18, another RPF team from New Tinsukia, during routine checking, saved a small girl at New Tinsukia Railway Station.

The rescued child was later transferred to Childline, where it received safe custody and continued action.

The joint operation against human trafficking was conducted by the CIB Team of RPF/Guwahati and Railway Childline members at Guwahati station on August 17.

They rescued three boys from minors during this drive. The RPF Guwahati team also saved a woman who was missing while performing a routine check at Guwahati station.

After proper verification, both the minors and the lady who had been rescued were given to Railway Childline and their family members.

RPF train staff and escort parties are on the alert for any suspected human traffickers. They also watch out for children who travel alone or without guardianship.

“Meri Saheli” has been initiated over N. F. Railway and functions round the clock to make aware women/child passengers about the safety/security and use of helpline no. For any emergency, call 139