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Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar Police busts Sex Trafficking Ring, four minor girls rescued, 15 persons arrested

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Itanagar, May 10: Itanagar police busted an inter-state sex trafficking ring and arrested 15 persons including six government officials for allegedly involved in sex trafficking racket.

Police have also rescued four minors girls from the clutches of this trafficking racket.

The accused who have been arrested in connect with this racket has been identified as- Jamlo Tagung, Techi Rina alias Anja, Puspanjali Mili, Puspa Mandal, Laxmi Gorh, Purnima Mili, Inamul Haque, Rido Nime, Debia Tara, Er Michi Tabin, Bamang Taye, Sushil Seal, Er Takam Langdip, Neelam Mangha and Loknath Dahal.

“Based on credible inputs of a prostitution ring involving minor girls being run at Chimpu, Capital Police team conducted raid at the alleged brothel cum residence of one Techi Rina @ Ania and Jamlo Tagung and rescued three minor girls Miss A, Miss B and one Miss X. On examination the two minor girls Miss A and Miss B revealed that they have been trafficked to Itanagar from Dhemaji, Assam by sisters Pushpanjali Mili alias Tutu Mili and Purnima Mili.After being trafficked to Itanagar they have been forced into prostitution by the sisters in addition to Ania and Jamlo. The third victim girl is the daughter of Jamlo Tagung form his first marriage and she was not forced into prostitution and has been reunited with her mother where she is safe,” stated a press statement of Itanagar police.

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Meanwhile, the matter was conveyed to CWC and based upon their complaint a case vide Itanagar WPS Case No- 20/24 u/s 373 IPC R/W Section- 6/8/12 POCSO Act and Section-3/4/5/6 of Immoral Trafficking Act was registered and taken up for investigation.

“It was learned that two more minor girls trafficked from Dhemaji, Assam are also
there and are presently in custody of Pushpanjali Mili from Ganga, Itanagar. Capital Police team rescued the other two minor girls Miss C and Miss D as well, bringing the total rescue of the victim minor girls in the case to four. The victim girl had managed to escape but she was brought back in the year 2022.

All four traffickers cum pimps namely Pushpanjali Mili @ Tutu Mili, Purnima Mili, Techi Ania and Jamlo Tagung have been arrested and are presently in police custody wherein the rescued minor girls are at Shelter Homes where they are receiving further medical and mental health care,” Itanagar police stated.

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It stated, “The investigation undertaken till now has revealed that the Pushpanjali Mili and Purnima Mili run a beauty parlor by the name of Pompi and Rosni Beauty Parlor at Vivek Vihar, Itanagar. They procure minor girls from poor families in Dhemaji, Assam on the pretext of getting them jobs at Itanagar. Once the girls are brought here the two sisters with their network of pimps including Techi Ania, Jamlo Tagung, Pushpa Mandal and Laxmi Gorh would look for suitable customers to have sex with the minor victim girls through Whatsapp Groups and other conventional channels. Once they find a probable customer looking for minor girls they would share the photos of the victim minor girls with them on Whatsapp, fix the rate and then the girls would be driven to the customer by the husband of either Pushpanjali or Ania who would have booked a hotel room or the customer would come down to the residence of Ania or any other place of their choosing,”.

“We have informed their concerned parent departments about their arrest and their involvement in the case as per the laid down procedure. Further, efforts are on to identify the other assailants and as soon as they are identified more arrests will follow. Capital Police has also identified the two hotels where the assailants had sexually assaulted the victim girls. We have written for cancellations of licenses for the said hotels to the concerned authority and are also initiating legal action against the hotel managers/owners who had given the rooms to the assailants and pimps being fully aware of the purpose for which the room was being booked,” the statement said.

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