International human trafficking case: NIA files chargesheet against 12 accused, including 9 Bangladeshis

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The case was originally registered under sections of the IPC and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act on September 21 last year at Pahadishareef police station in Hyderabad following the arrest of 10 human traffickers on the same day from two brothels in Hyderabad.

 

In connection with a human trafficking case, The National Investigation Agency filed chargesheet against 12 accused, including nine Bangladeshi nationals, at the NIA Special Court at Hyderabad on October 17.

The charge sheet was filed under sections of the IPC, the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and the Foreigners Act in a special NIA court in Hyderabad on Saturday.

As per the report, the NIA has filed the chargesheet against Ruhul Amin Dhali of West Bengal, Asad Hasan and Shareeful Shaik of Maharashtra have been named along with Bangladeshi nationals — Mohd Yousuf Khan, Bithi Begum, Mohd Rana Hussain, Mohammed Al Mamun, Sojib Shaik, Suresh Kumar Das, Mohd Abdulla Munshi, Mohd Ayub Shaik and absconding accused Abdul Barik Shaik.

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.

The case regarding the same was initially registered at Pahadishareef Police Station, Hyderabad on September 21, 2019, following the arrest of 10 human traffickers by Police from two brothels at Jalpally village, Balapur, RangaReddy District and Mahimood colony, Balapur, in Hyderabad.

During the operation,the police team had rescued four Bangladeshi girls from the brothels and seized several digital devices, fake Indian identity documents and other incriminating material.

Further investigation by NIA established that the arrested accused were assiciates of Ruhul Amin Dhali and Abdul Barik Shaik who illegally trafficked young girls from Bangladesh to India and vice versa.

Dhali was already arrested by NIA, in connection with another case, on December 12, 2019. Investigations also revealed that there were money transfers between Dhali and Shaikh as commission paid for trafficking across the borders.

The traffickers had illegally entered India in 1980's and established a prostitution racket along with Yusuf Khan and Bithi Begum (husband and wife), other accused named in the chargesheet, in various parts of India.

The 12 accused traffick Bangladeshi girls to India by crossing Sonai River and via Kolkata and then take them to various destinations in India including Mumbai and Hyderabad.

These girls are lured with 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 girls are presently at shelter homes in Hyderabad and the arrested accused are in judicial custody in Hyderabad.

Further investigation is underway.

 

With inputs from Agency

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