Vol. 4 Num 61 Sat. July 26, 2003  

24 children rescued from traffickers

Police with the help of local people rescued 24 children and arrested six child traffickers from different northern districts in last ten days.

An organised gang abducted these children aged between seven and 13 years for trafficking them to India, police said adding that the gang used women to abduct these children.

"Women wearing burqa in the guise of health workers first started lifting babies in these districts," police said.

Local people rescued three children -- Julekha, 9, Mamta, 9, and Rabeya, 8, from Santahar on July 15. They were abducted by the 'burqa' women from Naogaon town on that day.

Police later arrested two abductors -- Dulal and Jalal -- from an abandoned house in the village Purbo Debottar of Rajarhat upazila in Kurigram district.

Anwar Hossain, 13, son of Abdur Rashid and Kamrul Islam, 10, son of Chandy Sheikh of Khudra Pirhati village in Dhunat upazila of Bogra district was abducted by two youths on July 19. They were rescued in Sherpur of the district on the same day.

On July 20, Farooque, 9, of Nabinagar area under Savar upazila of Dhaka was rescued by day labourer Mostafa from Hilli border in Dinajpur while he was being trafficked to India.

Another three children -- Abdul Jabbar, 9, Hafizur Rahman, 8, and Ashraf, 10, managed to escape from the clutches of their traffickers from Maldah town in India and returned to Bangladesh through Hilli border in Dinajpur on July 21.