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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

11 indigenous children rescued in Bandarban

3 'traffickers' held

Source: The Daily star News

Police arrested three persons on charges of trafficking children and rescued 11 indigenous children in raids from residential hotels in Bandarban town yesterday.

Acting on a tip off, Bandarban Sadar thana police raided four residential hotels at around 12.30pm and rescued the children. Police arrested the traffickers when they tried to flee.

Bandarban Sadar thana duty officer Saiful Islam said one of the suspected traffickers Gorden Tripura, 33, hails from Thanchi upazila.

He said Abdul Karim, 23, and Shams, in primary interrogation, admitted to police that they are active members of the gang and trafficked children in the name of getting them admitted into different educational institutions.

Police said though the traffickers brought 33 children from Thanchi area, it could not be known where the other children were kept.

A child named Nuni Tripura, 8, said they were taken away from different villages in Thanchi upazila in the name of admitting them in Adarsha Madina School in Dhaka.

Police rescued 17 children in similar raids last year.