FREEDOM PRESS BUREAU
Hyderabad, Oct 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against 12 accused including 9 Bangladeshi nationals in an international human trafficking case.
The case was registered at Pahadi Shareef police station in Hyderabad on September 21 following the arrest of 10 human traffickers by police from two brothels at Jalpally village, Balapur, Rangareddy district and Mahimood colony, Balapur in Hyderabad.
Four young Bangladeshi girls were rescued from the brothels and several digital devices, fake Indian identity documents and other incriminating material were seized.
The investigation agency said on Sunday that the charge sheet was filed in NIA Special Court in Hyderabad on Saturday.
The accused have been chargesheeted under sections 120B, 370, 370(A), 465 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 3, 4, 5 & 6 of The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and Sections 14, 14A,14C of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
The main accused Abdul Barik Shaik, a Bangladeshi, is absconding. The other accused are Ruhul Amin Dhali, a resident of West Bengal, Asad Hasan and Shareeful Shaik, both residents of Maharashtra, Mohd Yousuf Khan, Bithi Begum, Mohd Rana Hussain, Mohammed Al Mamun, Sojib Shaik, Suresh Kumar Das, Mohd Abdulla Munshi and Mohd Ayub Shaik, all Bangladeshis.
Investigation by the NIA established that the arrested accused were associates of Ruhul Amin Dhali and Abdul Barik Sheikh who illegally trafficked young girls from Bangladesh to India and vice versa. Ruhul Amin Dhali was already arrested by NIA on December 12, 2019 in another case.
Investigation further revealed that there were money transfers between Ruhul Amin Dhali and Abdul Barik Shaik as commission paid to the former for trafficking across the borders. Ruhul Amin Dhali and other 10 arrested accused had illegally entered India in 1980’s and established a prostitution racket along with Yusuf Khan and Bithi Begum (husband and wife) in various parts of India.
The 12 accused hatched a criminal conspiracy along with their associates in Bangladesh to look for young Bangladeshi girls in the age-group of 19-25 years and trafficked to India by crossing Sonai River and via Kolkata and then take them to various destinations in India including Mumbai and Hyderabad, the agency said.
These girls are lured with the promise of lucrative jobs and better quality of life in India. They are also provided fake Indian identity documents and are eventually forced into prostitution.
The rescued young girls are presently at shelter homes in Hyderabad and the arrested accused are in judicial custody in Hyderabad, NIA said.