Guwahati: Manipur police have rescued 40 girls from Moreh town allegedly from Nepal and also arrested a trafficker who was accompanying them.
Police suspected that the women are being trafficked from Nepal en route South-East Asian countries. The Manipur police acting on a 'tip off' raided several hotels in Moreh on February 1 and rescued the women. Some have already crossed the border into Myanmar according to sources.
It has been informed by police that another group of women was rescued from hotels in Imphal in raids conducted by police during the night hours and the number of women rescued in the second raid was tipped at 61.
Police also suspected that the two incidents are linked and that there is a strong indication that the same people are behind the trafficking.
Police has picked a number of men during the raids and one of them has been suspected to be the leader of the trafficking network. The man has been identified by the police as Asha Kali Tamang (42 years).
Asha Kali Tamang hails from Sindhupalchok, Nepal.
Meanwhile, Delhi Women's Commission had rescued three Nepali girls from Delhi and they disclosed that a large number of Nepali girls were being taken to India in the name of giving jobs.
However, a Nepal based NGO Maiti Nepal who is working on trafficking confirmed about the information and according to them when the girls are being questioned they said that the other girls were travelling towards Northeast to cross the border towards Myanmar.
Convenor of MACR Montu Ahanthem further said that the rescued girls will be accommodated at Ujjwala Home run by Centre for Development Activities and the deportation of the girls will be processed after proper verification.
He also said that Manipur has become one of the gateways of human trafficking and that the government should take a serious note on the issue and include a certain provision in the Act East Policy to solve this issue.