The Kalyan GRP recently rescued two teenage girls from West Bengal brought to Mumbai so that they could be sold into the flesh trade in Mumbai.
On August 10, cops received a tip-off from the Kalyan childline that two West Bengal based youngsters -- now identified as Shaikh Manirul and Shaikh Zia-ul-Haq -- had fled with teenage girls of age 15 and 16 to Mumbai, after wooing and marrying them.
The information was passed on after missing complaints were registered by worried parents at Mahishadal police station in West Medinipur, West Bengal.
“As per the information, the girls were brought to Mumbai via Gitanjali Express by the two accused, who were their college friends. Based on the information, we took the two boys and the girls into custody,” said a GRP official from Kalyan, on condition of anonymity.
GRP officials revealed that since the girls are minor, they were produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on August 15.
The girls told the committee that the boys had promised to provide them with steady jobs in Nalasopara.
When the cops interrogated the boy, however, they admitted that they had planned to sell the victims to a man in Nalasopara who in turn intended to sell them to a pimp in south Mumbai.
On the instructions of the CWC, the Kalyan GRP escorted the two traumatised girls and the boys back to their home town in Medinipur, where they were handed over to the local police.
A local social worker from Natsal village, who helped the rescue operation added, “Soon after they eloped from their house, inquiries with the villagers and boys revealed that the girls were to be sold into the sex trade. Common friends of the boys and the girls also told the police that the couples had planned to boarded the Gitanjali Express and were to get off at Kalyan station.”
Senior Police Inspector Somnath Tambe from Kalyan GRP said, “We were informed by the West Bengal police that certain people would be arriving in the city via Gitanjali Express. So, we sent a team to apprehend the four. We made them get off the train and they were brought to our police station. We then verified the facts with the Medinipur police and detained them.
Later, their staff arrived in Kalyan and took all four to Medinipur along with them.”