Mumbai: Cops turn salesmen to nab mastermind of child trafficking racket

Bhayandar: In a plot that could be straight out of a Bollywood film, Thane (rural) police, led by API Sanjay Bangar of the Anti Trafficking Cell and PSI Pramod Badhak, posed as salesmen and government surveyors in New Delhi to nab the lady kingpin of an interstate child trafficking gang.

Acting on a tip-off, the police conducted raids at two posh colonies in Mira Road on August 13 and rescued two minor girls including a toddler from the clutches of five people who were arrested and booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and Juvenile Justice Act. It had emerged during investigations that the kidnapping had been masterminded by a Delhi-based woman. The racket was active in Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bangalore from where children, especially minor girls, were abducted and sold off to mediators involved in sex trade.

Sensing the gravity of the case, Prashant Kadam (Additional SP, Thane Rural) under the instructions of Dr Mahesh Patil (SP) deputed a special squad to nab the woman and her aides from their last known location which was near Dwarka in New Delhi.

After conducting a investigation, it was learnt that the lady kingpin of the racket was staying in Dabri – a sprawling residential colony in south west Delhi. The cops conducted a door-to-door recce by posing as salesmen and government surveyors to zero it on to the 24-year-old woman and her accomplice. Both have been brought to Mumbai and remanded to police custody. Sustained interrogations have revealed that after her husband was arrested last year in Ghaziabad, the woman had taken over the gang to support her family and fund legal expenses for the release of her spouse.

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