BARGARH: Even as the police of neighbouring district of Sambalpur is grappling with alleged sale of two minor girls, a similar incident was prevented in Bargarh district.
A girl, Kamla Sahu of Nileswar village under Bargarh Sadar police limits was rescued from Jharsuguda railway station before being trafficked and two middlemen accompanying her have been arrested.
Bargarh Sadar Police registered a case under Section 366, 420 and 34 of IPC. The two middlemen have been identified as Banmali Bhoi and Amin Saha of Majhipali village under Bijepur police limits of Bargarh district.
According to police, the middlemen had promised Kamla’s grandfather to marry off the girl and paid him `12,000. They had requested to escort her.
Kamla was first taken to Barpali before being moved to Sambalpur from where they took a bus to reach Jharsuguda. They were waiting at Jharsuguda railway station for a train to Madhya Pradesh when the girl’s father, Garjan Sahu reported the matter to Sadar Police. Police swung into action and rescued the girl from Jharsuguda station.
Amin Saha denied charges of human trafficking but admitted that they were taking the girl for marrying her to a person in Durgapur of Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh. He also admitted to have paid `12,000 to Kamla’s grandfather.
Though IIC of Sadar police station Tara Jasmine Gudia said investigation into the matter is on, she could not provide the name or age of Kamla’s grandfather. On the other hand, Kamla’s age continues to be a contentious issue with Garjan maintaining that his daughter is 18 years old while villagers claim that she is a minor.