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AR role in prompt rescue of trafficked youths lauded

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TEZPUR, July 28 - The 20 Assam Rifles stationed at Rangapara�s Tarajuli area in Sonitpur district, besides ensuring security to the people of the area, has been conducting certain social welfare activities in the greater area.

As a part of such activity, under the initiative of the company commander of 20 Assam Rifles Captain Harvinder Singh, the uniformed cadres recently managed to rescue three youths from J&K who were trafficked by a local gang.

Providing details before this Correspondent, Captain Singh said that parents of a trafficked victim named Sanjay Sawachi of Mc Leod Russel Tea Estate of Rangapara area approached 20 AR seeking help after they failed to elicit favourable response from the local police though an FIR was filed in the Rangapara PS.

�The three youths reportedly went missing on January 29 last. However, one among the three missing youths suddenly telephoned Sanjay Sawachi�s parents saying that they were being taken to Jagiroad Paper Mill for providing employment. But later they were taken to J&K where they were given to different owners on contract basis for one year for household work without their knowledge. They were physically tortured regularly and not given any wages,� Captain Harvinder Singh explained.

Subsequently, 20 Assam Rifles established contact with Kashmir Police along with complete details, including FIR and photos of the captive boys, and also sought help of 46 Rashtriya Rifles.

Accordingly, Rashtriya Rifles started investigation immediately and within a few days the boys were recovered from different places of Kasmir Valley and brought back home safely.

Expressing his gratitude towards the Kashmir Police and 46 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion for their combined effort in rescuing the boys, Captain Harvinder Singh said that though the primary task of Assam Rifles is to contain anti-national elements, the force nevertheless extends its helping hand towards various social causes from time to time.

It may be pertinent to add here that Rangapara area is a fertile ground for human trafficking, where poor and easygoing tea garden youth are often preyed upon.

Though different organisations often arrange awareness programmes on the issue, but lure of easy money along with a well thought out plan of the human traffickers contribute to keep the racket thrive unchecked.

In the meantime, the socially conscious section here has lauded the Assam Rifles for its prompt coordination in rescuing the trafficked boys.

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AR role in prompt rescue of trafficked youths lauded

TEZPUR, July 28 - The 20 Assam Rifles stationed at Rangapara�s Tarajuli area in Sonitpur district, besides ensuring security to the people of the area, has been conducting certain social welfare activities in the greater area.

As a part of such activity, under the initiative of the company commander of 20 Assam Rifles Captain Harvinder Singh, the uniformed cadres recently managed to rescue three youths from J&K who were trafficked by a local gang.

Providing details before this Correspondent, Captain Singh said that parents of a trafficked victim named Sanjay Sawachi of Mc Leod Russel Tea Estate of Rangapara area approached 20 AR seeking help after they failed to elicit favourable response from the local police though an FIR was filed in the Rangapara PS.

�The three youths reportedly went missing on January 29 last. However, one among the three missing youths suddenly telephoned Sanjay Sawachi�s parents saying that they were being taken to Jagiroad Paper Mill for providing employment. But later they were taken to J&K where they were given to different owners on contract basis for one year for household work without their knowledge. They were physically tortured regularly and not given any wages,� Captain Harvinder Singh explained.

Subsequently, 20 Assam Rifles established contact with Kashmir Police along with complete details, including FIR and photos of the captive boys, and also sought help of 46 Rashtriya Rifles.

Accordingly, Rashtriya Rifles started investigation immediately and within a few days the boys were recovered from different places of Kasmir Valley and brought back home safely.

Expressing his gratitude towards the Kashmir Police and 46 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion for their combined effort in rescuing the boys, Captain Harvinder Singh said that though the primary task of Assam Rifles is to contain anti-national elements, the force nevertheless extends its helping hand towards various social causes from time to time.

It may be pertinent to add here that Rangapara area is a fertile ground for human trafficking, where poor and easygoing tea garden youth are often preyed upon.

Though different organisations often arrange awareness programmes on the issue, but lure of easy money along with a well thought out plan of the human traffickers contribute to keep the racket thrive unchecked.

In the meantime, the socially conscious section here has lauded the Assam Rifles for its prompt coordination in rescuing the trafficked boys.

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