CM hands over rescued Nepalese nationals to Nepali Embassy
‘We were brought with promises of getting jobs abroad’
IMPHAL | Feb 17
A total of 179 rescued victims of human trafficking, who have been identified as Nepalese nationals, have left Manipur today. Chief minister, N. Biren handed them over to officials of Nepal Embassy led by its Counselor Prakash Adhikari in a formal occasion at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium.
While speaking with media, Prakash Adhikari expressed his thankfulness to Manipur government and other departments of Police, Customs, NGOs for rescuing the trafficked Nepalese nationals. He further expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the people of Manipur for the co-operation and hospitality of providing shelter homes.
He said if Manipur government had not taken up the steps for rescuing them, one cannot imagine what may have happened to them. He assured the State government of exchanging co-operation from Nepal government in the future regarding any subject matter.
It may be mentioned that officials of Nepal Embassy was in Manipur since February 6 after the case of human trafficking was informed to Nepal government. Officials of Nepal Embassy made interrogations of the rescued people and undertook thorough verifications.
Chief minister, N. Biren said that the recent rescue of Nepalese nationals from Manipur is the biggest human rescue in India so far. “Though it is known that human trafficking has become routine work professionally, I was surprised to know that such thing is happening in Manipur,” he said.
He gave credits to Manipur Police, Customs, NGOs for the excellent job of stopping 179 Nepalese nationals from crossing India-Myanmar border. He appealed all Police check posts in Manipur like the Airport, state border and Country border to be alert.
On the other hand, it is said that the rescued Nepalese victims of human trafficking were brought by some individuals from Nepal with the promise of providing jobs at foreign countries.
“We were divided into groups and each groups were led by one person, and that is how we were brought into Manipur,” said Sunita (Name changed) a Nepalese woman who was deported from the State today.
While interacting with this IFP reporter at the occasion of handing them over to officials of Nepal Embassy by the CM, she said that none of them came as tourists, as being claimed by the individuals who led them but they were brought from different places of Nepal with the promise of providing jobs at foreign countries by some individuals.
Some of the individuals came along with them up to Delhi and further to Manipur, she said. The fled upon getting information that workers of MBC are looking for them, she further said. “I do not know their names but I will be able to recognise their faces. As there were many other groups, I do not know about the rest,” she further said.
They were told that they will be travelling to Dubai and other Middle East countries via Myanmar from Manipur for working there. Those who wanted to work abroad were enlisted in the group, she added.
She further said that the man who led them took charge of all the paperwork such as passport etc. After dropping them at Imphal airport, he told them to go at a Hotel located at a distance of around one kilometre from the airport. Another person who checked their passports took them directly to the hotel.
When inquired about jobs in Nepal, she said women can take up work on tailoring and weaving etc. but she took the offer to come with the rest as she wanted to travel abroad and also work outside.
She further said, “What has been truly upsetting is that the person who brought us went back abandoning us here and we have been called ‘Randi’ (a prostitute in Nepali). We are not sex workers; we simply came searching for jobs.”
It may be mentioned that Manipur has become an easy place for traffickers and smugglers to reach foreign countries via Indo-Myanmar route
A total of 179 rescued Nepalese nationals were rescued from different Hotels of Imphal, Moreh and other places of Manipur in the first week of this month. After rescuing, they had been staying in 8 different shelter homes and centres run by NGOs. On February 14, state Home department received a letter from Union Ministry of Home Affairs for their deputation and the state government issued order to Nepal on February 16.
After completing procedures of deportation today, CM handed them over to Nepal Embassy. They will be taken in eight buses and eight state Social Welfare department official and two sub-inspectors, one constable of Police department will escort them up to Panitanki to Kakarbhitta border.
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