TANGLA, July 30: The marathon interrogation of an employee of the Mangaldai Irrigation Department in Darrang, Hasimuddin Ali alias Hassu, has led to startling revelations. Hassu is an inhabitant of Naptipara village near Kalaigaon who was arrested on July 23 on charges of trafficking and selling a 12-year old minor girl from Kalaigaon in Punjab 12 years ago.
In his statements in police custody, the accused confessed to trafficking and selling another 10-year old minor girl eight years back in Rajasthan. Police sources informed that the 12-year old minor girl, a native of Bhakatpara Punia village near Kalaigaon, and the 10-year old minor girl, a native of 2 No. Kalaigaon, were sold for Rs. 20,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. The accused was arrested following an FIR by one of the victims -the then 12-year minor girl – who is now a 24-year old woman with her two children. She fled from Punjab following mental and physical torture by her in-laws after her sexagenarian husband passed away.
The news of the arrest of the accused prompted the parents of the 10-year old minor girl approach the police seeking information about the whereabouts of their daughter. The father of the girl, Sayed Ali informed that the accused had taken their daughter to work as a maid in north India eight years ago but ever since, they have heard nothing from her. The accused vide Kalaigaon PS case no.85/18 under section 370/371 IPC, has been remanded to judicial custody.