Two minor girls from Mumbai, who had been taken to Gujarat and forcibly married, have been rescued by police from Ahmedabad.
Following a complaint lodged by another girl, who had also been taken to Gujarat along with the two minor girls, Mumbai police nabbed one accused within 24 hours on April 16.
"A woman, identified as Meera Salve, had promised to provide a job to the three girls. The girls, residents of Wadi Bundar of south Mumbai, were then taken to Gujarat. However, once they reached, the girls were forced into marriage," Sunil Kawlekar, senior police inspector of Pydhonie police station in south Mumbai, said.
"However, one of the victims managed to escape from the clutches of the accused and reached Mumbai. She then approached us and filed a complaint on April 15," he said.
Following directions by the Additional Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash, two police teams were sent to Gujarat.
"We took help of the local police and inquired those against whom the victim had lodged a complaint. We rescued two minors girls and arrested one accused. However, another accused (husband of one of the girls) managed to flee," he said.
As per the information, the prime accused in the case Meera Salve, a resident of Kalyan, has fled to Dhulia in north Maharashtra, Kawlekar added.
An FIR has been filed under relevant sections of the IPC, police said.