8 girls on their way to 'beauty parlours' rescued

Cops said that during interrogation the Mizoram girls gave different versions about their journey to Gujarat

Agartala: At least eight tribal girls, aged between 15 and 25 years from Mizoram were rescued from a car while being trafficked to Gujarat, police said yesterday, adding that two men were also arrested in this connection.

"They were rescued from a small vehicle on Saturday night while being trafficked to Gujarat via Guwahati," said police inspector Ratanmani Debbarma. Debbarma said that to know the details, the police have called the refugee leaders who said they were unaware of the girls’ journey.

"During interrogation the girls gave different versions about their journey. Seven of them are the inmates of refugee camps in Kanchanpur (in north Tripura) where tribals from Mizoram live. Another teen aged girl is a class nine student from Mizoram," he said.

"Their parents said they face acute poverty here. They were sending their daughters to Gujarat in search of jobs in beauty parlours. However, the parents could not give corroborative facts and other details. We are investigating the matter," the police official added.

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