MANGALDAI, Aug 19 - In a most sensational incident, Darrang Police has busted a racket of illicit child trafficking while rescuing a newborn. Three persons including a temporary employee of the Mangaldai Civil Hospital were also arrested.
The police was able to unearth this illegal racket with support from several child care stakeholders including the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Child Welfare Committee (CWC), local NGO and more importantly socially-sensitive local youths.
Talking to this newspaper on Tuesday, Officer in Charge of Sipajhar Police Station, Inspector Biswajit Deka who has been supervising the investigation ( following a letter from the DCPU to the SP, Darrang on July 31 last and a subsequent FIR by CWC), said, � It was an incident of sexual assault on a minor girl of poor family residing in a remote village under the jurisdiction of my police station. The prime accused along with the mother of the minor girl first took the pregnant minor to Mangaldai Civil Hospital for delivery. But the doctor on finding the patient to be a minor and suspecting it to a police case refused to act. Then a �familiar� face in the hospital campus came to their help and guided them to his residence at Dhula where the delivery was conducted.�
Similarly, Sub Inspector Nuruddin Ahmed, the investigating officer said, �A case has been registered under the POCSO Act 2012 and three persons � the prime accused Jonai Momin (45) @Marak of Ganesh Kuwari, Sipajhar and on the basis of his statement Sahajuddin Sheikh (55) @ Boltu, a temporary staff (ward boy) of Mangaldai Civil Hospital and his wife Asma Begum (40) both residents of village Paniakhat under Dhula Police Station, were arrested. The parents to whom the baby was earlier handed over, surrendered it to us in the Mangaldai court campus on Monday afternoon.�
Even though it was not clear from the version of the police officer since how long the Illegal practice has been on in that centre at Dhula, it was shocking to know from him that the minor was made to take some juice for delivery. �The 15-year-old minor in her statement said that she was given some locally-made drinks for delivery.�
Meanwhile, a section of socially-sensitive local youths who had provided the information first to a member of the CWC with a hope of giving justice to the minor and punishment to the perpetrators of the Illegal practice on the condition of anonymity, in the same breath have praised the role of CWC member Purnima Goswami, NGO Crystal Vision and the police as a whole for this rare achievement against organised violence on children.