In a joint operation, a team of Delhi and Varanasi police raided a flat in south Delhi’s Maidan Garhi and rescued 18 women including 16 Nepalese nationalities on Tuesday morning.

Three persons were arrested and 68 passports were recovered from their possession, the police said, adding that three others were detained for interrogation.

The arrested have been identified as Pawan Khurana from Hisar, Shaveen Shah from Nepal’s Kathmandu and Rajendra from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur.

A team of Varanasi police crime branch approached the Delhi Police with an information stating that several women were confined in a flat in Maidan Garhi, the police said.

Abhinav Yadav, Deputy Superintendent of Police of Varanasi police crime branch, said that a few days back they received a complaint against a human trafficking gang.

A first information report was registered at Shivpur police station in Varanasi, the officer said.

During investigation, they found that most of the gang members were active in Delhi. Following this, a team reached the Capital last week.

‘Trafficked women’

“We got a confirmation about the presence of trafficked women in a south Delhi flat. We then informed the Delhi Police. In a joint raid, we rescued the women,” Mr. Yadav said. He also said that Nepali women were lured with the promise of jobs and first brought to Varanasi. Then they were sent to Gulf countries via Jaipur, Delhi and Hyderabad airport, the officer added. The rescued have been shifted to a women shelter home, the police said, adding that they will be sent to their respective homes with the help of Nepal embassy.

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said, “Delhi has become a hub of trafficking. DCW finds out about these rackets. The police from other states get to know about it but the Delhi Police continues to sleep. The Varanasi police informed me about this particular matter. How come the local police did not inform me about the same? I have repeatedly asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to fix Delhi Police’s accountability, but he has failed to do so.”

Similar incident

On July 26, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) rescued 16 women from Munirka, who were allegedly trafficked from Nepal.

In both the raids, the Delhi Police was unaware of the confinement.

Delhi has become a hub of trafficking… the Delhi Police continues to sleep. I have repeatedly asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to fix Delhi Police’s accountability, but he has failed to do so

Swati Maliwal

DCW chairperson

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