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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 09:15:05 EDT


          Alleged trafficking of 150 children still a myster...

APwo 4-12-00 3:45 PM

  The Associated Press.

    With the failure of the police to trace out the whereabouts of 150
children trafficked by an alleged international gang of child traffickers
on March 29, panic has gripped the parents here. The panic has intensified
all the more with the missing of Ullash (14), son of Zahid Sarwar of
village Balahat Bazar in Mithapukur thana of Rangpur district and a student
of class VIII of Kholahati Cantonment Public School and Collage in Dinajpur
district on the same date. The news of the missing was revealed by Nazrul
Islam, uncle of Ullash, who came to Kurigram after the publication of the
news in the local dailies.
    Meanwhile, the GRP police on the same day rescued nine children from the
hands of alleged traffickers at Rangpur railway station and arrested two
women traffickers. Reports have it that about 150 children aged between 10
and 15 years of Velakopa, Harikesh and Old Satiationpara areas in Kurigram
Pourashava, Panchgachi, Kadamtala villages in Sadar thana and several
places of Nagreswari thana were trafficked to Chittagong by truck from
Kurigram town on March 29.
    The guardians of the trafficked children told the newsmen that they were
not aware of the trafficking of their children before publication of its
news in the daily. On March 31, the people of Velakopa caught a member of
the gang, Khalilur Rahman, who confessed his involvement in the trafficking
of the children to Baishhazar Brickfield & Co. owned by Mizanur Rahman and
G.R. Steel Company owned by Shakawat Hossain of Shitalpur area in Sitakundu
thana of Chittagong district.
    Khalilur Rahman hailing from Velakopa village managed to flee by
resorting to tactful means. Meanwhile, Police Super Nurul Anwar formed a
four-member probe body comprising ASP (Circle) Mujiubur Rahman, DIO-1 Sayed
Badruddoza, a DB officer and an SI of Sadar thana on April 2 to investigate
the matter. The probe body members visited the spot on April 3.Meanwhile,
several guardians of the trafficked children told The Independent on April
3 that the police could not trace out their children even six days after
the incident. They feared about the fate of their kids and urged to form a
more powerful investigation committee other than the police hunt.
   THE INDEPENDENT


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