Sharmili Mallick

Sundergarh: A minor girl of Dharuadihi area in Odisha’s Sundergarh district was allegedly sold off by a middleman to an elderly man in Katni area of Madhya Pradesh. The matter came to fore after the mother of the girl lodged an FIR at police station on Sunday.

On June 5, on the pretext of giving a job at an incense stick factory in Madhya Pradesh, the middleman Jugal Oram took the minor girl with him after convincing her mother.

Around a month later, the minor girl called her mother over phone and informed that Oram had sold her to a man in Katni.

Subsequently, a complaint was lodged at Dharuadihi Police Station by the mother of the girl following which an investigation was initiated by the cops.

“A probe into the matter is underway by the higher officials. Action will be taken as per law,” informed Sundergarh Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Balabhadra Deep.