The startling revelation that a few in the state police, who were assigned duty in the state’s airports, were conniving with human traffickers and making enormous riches came up in the Assembly on Monday through an adjournment motion. However,the govt saved itself from an Opposition onslaught based on the strength of a statement, accepting that the practice was indeed in vogue and the state DGP had been asked to file a report within two weeks following an undertaking that all erring officials in the state force found to have links with the mafia would be taken to task.
P Sreeramakrishnan, CPM, tried to prevail with the topic during Zero Hour, by asserting that many cops were allegedly extracting money to the tune of Rs 10 lakh per person illegally ferried from the state.
Pinpointing the latest incident of human trafficking reported from the Nedumbaserry airport and the involvement of a civil police officer in it, the MLA said that there was clinching evidence to prove that the practice was going on for quite sometime from Karippur,Nedumbaserry and T’Puram airports.
“Our sisters are being taken away to foreign shores for all sorts of illegal activities by the human traffickers. The Immigration Department, which comes under the centre,is also proving its ineffectiveness in keeping it under check,” he criticised.
Sreeramakrishnan said the civil police officer, found to be involved in human trafficking in Nedumbaserry and whose bank accounts had been frozen along with a few other cops, was reinstated in the same station within a couple of days after his suspension.In his reply speech,Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the govt was viewing the issue of human trafficking in all its seriousness and it would be definitely kept under check. He said that the state police had only a supportive role for the Central IB, which was in charge of surveillance and booking of illegal emigrants.“The state DGP has been asked to file a report within two weeks on the charges of involvement of state police. The state would chart out a plan after this,” he said. CM Oommen Chandy made it clear that conniving cops would face the heat severely.