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Madhya Pradesh police rescue seven tribal girls being trafficked to Kerala

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh police on Saturday rescued seven minor tribal girls who were being trafficked to Kerala from Dindori district of the state. Kingpin of the racket, Matthew, 52, resident of Idukki district of Kerala, was arrested while he was taking these girls from remote Charpani village in Samnapur block of the district. This comes months after more than 500 children from Jharkhand were rescued from the southern state.

According to additional SP Dindori Surya Kant Sharma, “We got a tip-off and arrested the man from a bus stand before he could bundle off the girls into a vehicle. The girls were handed over to their parents.” Fifteen girls, including seven minors were rescued. “Parents were told their daughters were being taken to work on cardamom farms in Kerala,” said Sharma.

“During interrogation, the accused, Matthew, disclosed several girls had been taken away for working in Kerala farms, but we did not receive any complaint from parents. We are also preparing a list of girls who have been trafficked to Kerala and a team will be sent to verify facts and rescue girls,” said Sharma.

In May, over 500 children who were being taken to Kerala from Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal were rescued by railway police at Palakkad railway station.