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Trafficking menace in Chhattisgarh districts

Posted on Dec 22, 01:05PM | UNI

Chhattisgarh Police have rescued 459 out of 581 girls who went missing from three tribal-dominated districts Raigarh, Surguja and Jashpur since April last year, Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar informed the Assembly today.

Replying to Mr Nandkumar Patel (main opposition Congress), the Minister said, "While 122 girls are missing, police booked 20 Delhi-based placement agencies and 31 others for trafficking." The House witnessed noisy protests by Congress members when Mr Kanwar claimed that trafficking -- which registered a higher than 14,000 figure during the predecessor Congress regime in 2003 -- has been considerably checked during the Bharatiya Janata Party Government's tenure.

The Opposition alleged that 9,000 girls from Chhattisgarh's tribal districts went missing during the past nine years of BJP rule.

The agitated Congress members targeted the Minister, for expressing helplessness in taking action against Delhi-registered placement agencies involved in trafficking, and staged a walkout.