Bhubaneswar: Crime rate in Odisha seems to be on a rising trend as murder, rape and several such cases are being reported on a regular basis from the State.
The Plant Site police has cracked down a child trafficking racket in the city. In this major breakthrough the police has arrested seven persons, including five women, on 26 July. The police is suspecting the involvement of more people.
As per the sources, the eight-member gang which was operating in and around the Rourkela city. The gang has been selling infants to other states, particularly in Jharkhand for lakhs of rupees.
After arresting seven people from the gang the Rourkela Police has seized several mobile phones from them at the same time.
There are both boy child and girl child were being sold. Boy children were sold in more amount of money than the girl children.
Bikram Keshari Bhoi, Additional SP, Rourkela has informed that from the sieged mobile phones, we have found several photographs of newborn babies. A case has been registered against the accused and a special team has been formed to further investigate the matter in depth and ascertain the involvement and channels connected to this gang.
He further said that the greed for money must been the major reason behind operation of such gang. The perpetrators were getting upto Rs 2 lakh for selling a male child and upto Rs 1 lakh for female child. In addition to this, the targets of the traffickers were the vulnerable section living in the slum areas who are the most deprived ones. Due to their poor financial conditions and in need of a better living they get lured by the traffickers easily.