Guwahati: As many as 403 children and women from various trains and stations have been rescued by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Northeast Frontier Railway from January 2020 to May 2021.
As per a press statement by the RPF, there were around 311 minor children aged below 18 years, 57 boys and girls aged above 18 years and 35 women among the rescued persons.
In the meanwhile, the RPF has rescued another nine minor boys and girls from various stations and trains over NFR till June 14, 2021 and also apprehended a women trafficker.
On June 5, 2021 Crime Prevention and Detection Squad (CPDS) team of RPF/Alipurduar and RPF staff of Gossaigaon Hat rescued one runaway minor girl at Gossaigaon Hat Railway station. After observing necessary formalities, RPF team went to her house and handed over the rescued girl to her father, a resident of Vill- Failaguri No. 2, PS-Gossaigaon, Dist-Kokrajhar (Assam).
In another instance, on June 7, 2021 RPF staff of RPF Post, Rangiya, while checking at Rangiya railway station, rescued 03 (three) runaway minor girls; one from Vill-Santipur, PS: Bagaribari, Dist-Kokrajhar (Assam) and two others are the residents of Vill- Bengenajuli, PO-Dighaljuli, PS: Garubandha, Dist. Sonitpur (Assam). Covid Test of all the rescued girls was done at Rangia Railway Station. Later, the rescued girls were handed over to Fatema Balika Vidya Dham, Rangiya for safe custody and further course of action.
Similarly, on June 9, 2021 RPF team of RPF Post, Guwahati, while checking at Guwahati Railway Station, rescued one runaway girl who is a resident of Vill- Moniyeri (Borka), PO-Pub Borka, PS-Kamalpur, Dist-Kamrup, Assam. The girl gave contact number of her aunty. Accordingly, communication was made and later, the rescued girl was handed over to her aunty after proper identification.
Moreover, on June 12, 2021, information was received from SRP/Pandu regarding missing children suspected to be victims of trafficking moving from Assam towards Delhi by train. On receiving information, RPF team under the Alipurduar division swung into action and on duty Train Escort party of Train No. 02505 DN (Dibrugarh- New Delhi Rajdhani) detected one suspicious female travelling with 02 minor girls and 2 minor boys. The RPF team successfully rescued the minor boys and girls and apprehended the women from the train at New Coochbehar Railway Station. On preliminary enquiry it could be revealed that apprehended woman, resident of Udalguri district of Assam was involved in human trafficking and was travelling with 04 children of same district from Rangapara North to New Delhi.
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