Kudos to the State Police
At a time when the crime rate of Assam has gone through the roof, with heinous crimes like flesh trade and abduction for ransom becoming matters of almost daily occurrence, the Assam Police deserve kudos for some remarkable successes in crime detection and rescue operations. Two recent operations deserve special mention. One is the 15-hour operation to rescue seven-year-old Aadishri Dutta or Jiya who had been abducted by Rumi Das, the domestic help appointed on August 3 to look after her. On Thursday, Rumi took Jiya out on the pretext of buying her an ice-cream. The plan was to demand a ransom of Rs 1 crore from her parents who were both doctors. And despite the fact that Jiya had been handed over to Rumi’s accomplices and taken out of the city, the CCTV clips of the apartment building and the alacrity of another domestic help made the tracing and rescue of Jiya somewhat easier. The other case is that of a 14-year-old girl who was taken to Delhi by a 34-year-old acquaintance with a promise to marry her. She was sold to a middle-aged man in Harya for a lakh of rupees. The Assam Police, with the help of the Harya Police was able to rescue her and to bring her (along with her buyer) to Assam. The Assam Police deserve kudos for both the rescues. It is time parents became much more careful about the care and custody of their children.