BONGAIGAON: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway successfully rescued 10 minors during routine checking on June 8 and June 9 at different trains and railway stations over NF Railway. The RPF also apprehended one person during this period who was involved in human trafficking.
A press release informed that on June 8, an RPF team of the Kokrajhar Post conducted a joint drive with members of Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation at Kokrajhar station against human trafficking. During the drive they rescued two minor boys. In another incident on the same day, the RPF of Guwahati, Railway Child Line, conducted a check at Guwahati Railway Station. They rescued one minor girl during their checking.
In other incidents on the same day, a team of RPF of Katihar rescued one minor boy from Katihar station and RPF of Dalkhola rescued one minor boy from Suryakamal station while performing their duty. Later, the rescued minors were handed over to Child Welfare Committee, Kokrajhar, Railway Childline, Guwahati, Railway Childline, Katihar respectively for safe custody and further course of action.
Moreover, on June 9, an RPF team of New Bongaigaon, while conducting a routine checking, rescued two minor girls from New Bongaigaon Railway Station. Later, the rescued minors were handed over to the in-charge of Sakhi One Stop Centre, Bongaigaon for safe custody and further course of action. On the same day, a team of RPF of Guwahati, along with members of Railway Child Line, Guwahati conducted a check at Guwahati Railway Station. They rescued one minor boy during their checking. Later, the rescued minor was handed over to Railway Childline, Guwahati for safe custody and further course of action.
In another recent incident on June 9, the Crime Prevention and Detection Squad of RPF of Alipurduar , while conducting a drive in Train No. 12505 Dn (Northeast Express) from Kokrajhar to New Coochbehar railway station rescued two minor girls and apprehended one trafficker. On interrogation it was learnt that the two rescued minor girls were brought by the trafficker from their home without the consent of their parents. The rescued minor girls and trafficker were de-boarded at New Coochbehar railway station. The apprehended trafficker along with the rescued girls were handed over to Officer in-charge of the Government Railway Police, New Coochbehar for necessary legal action.
The RPF train escort parties and staff deployed at stations are vigilant and look out for suspected persons involved in human trafficking as well as the movement of children in a suspicious manner, travelling alone without proper guardian etc. A new initiative under 'Meri Saheli' has been initiated over NF Railway and functioning round the clock to make aware women/child passengers about the safety/security and use of helpline No. 139 in case of any exigency.