Six arrested for trafficking of girls, women in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: The Crime Branch of Odisha Police today arrested six persons, including a woman, for their alleged involvement in trafficking of girls and women from the state, police said.

The six persons were arrested when the Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (IAHUT) of the Crime Branch probed a case of trafficking in Kandhamal district, police said adding that the case was made based on the complaint of a victim from Kandhamal district on February 23.

“During investigation, it came to light that one Jagabandhi Sahani alias Jaga of Kandhamal district was the mastermind who was running the racket with its tentacles spreading to different parts of the country,” the police officer said.

Investigation further showed that the girls and women from different parts of the state were being transported to Delhi and Haryana through Bhubaneswar. At least six instances of women trafficking have come to the notice of the crime branch of police, he said.

The arrested persons, Jaga alias Jagabandhi Sahani (30), Amlan Kumar Pati alias Rabi (28), Ramesh Das (28), Kumari Gouda alias Gitanjali Gouda (35), Lipu Nayak (30) and Steny alias N Aliv (16) would be produced in court later today.

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