AGARTALA, July 3 - Ten displaced Reang people, including eight women, were detained on the suspicion that the women were being trafficked to Gujarat from Kanchanpur in North Tripura district, police today said.
Acting on a tip-off that eight inmates of an evacuee camp in Kanchanpur were being trafficked to Gujarat, a police team led by Inspector Babul Mahajan raided the Kanchanpur motorstand yesterday and nabbed them.
Two youths and eight women were from Naisingpara evacuee camp which sheltered displaced people of Reang tribes from neighbouring Mizoram, Officer-in-charge of Kanchanpur police station, Ratanmani Debbarma said.
Family members of the detained people informed police that the poverty-stricken women were going to join a beauty parlour at a mall in Gujarat to eke out their living, he said.
Many more women had earlier left the camp for seeking jobs in Gujarat and Rajasthan similarly, the families claimed.
Police were investigating if they were being trafficked by a racket or really on their way for jobs, Debbarma said.
Altogether, 35,000 people of Reang tribe are now sheltered in seven evacuee camps in Kanchanpur since 1997. They took shelter following ethnic clashes in Mizoram. � PTI