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Police rescue 71 more trafficked Nepalis in continued operations

310 women from Nepal crossed into Myanmar, from December 2018 till January this year, through Moreh

IMPHAL, Feb 2 (IFP): A day after over 105 Nepali girls were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, police in their continued operations today rescued atleast 71 Nepali boys and women bringing the total rescued to 176 persons.

While police Police also arrested two traffickers including a main suspect of the traffickers, the district magistrate Imphal West also remanded two alleged traffickers to five days police custody for further interrogation. The traffickers who were sent police custody were arrested from Imphal during Friday operations where police rescued over 65 Nepali girls from a Hotel in Imphal.

On their second day of rescue operation today, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 nationals of Nepal including five women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town. The police team also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused Madan, is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

The verification of the 15 rescued male are underway to ascertain whether they are traffickers or not, Police said.

The Moreh police have so far arrested two alleged traffickers and rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men. While police also identified another Nepal National identified as Rajiv Sharma from Nepal, an FIR has been lodged against the traffickers under several sections of the IPC and Trafficking of person and Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 nationals of Nepal from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

Sources said that of the total rescued 35 women and 13 men were rescued from hotels and rented houses located nearby the Imphal Airport and another three women from the Airport. However, police are yet to give any details about the identity of the rescued individuals.

The Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) has informed that as many as 310 women from Nepal have crossed into Myanmar, from December 2018 till January this year, through Moreh border town. The figure was found in the data of the immigration office at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) Moreh when checked by the MACR Chandel unit.

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