Rescued in Oman, 2 Unnaowomen to land in city today

Kanpur: The authorities here are all set to bring back two Unnao women from Oman on Sunday after their rescue from the clutches of human-traffickers on the initiative of Kanpur police commissionerate officials.
Kanpur commissioner of police, Asim Arun, had approached higher-ups in Delhi in this regard, and they pursued the matter with the Indian embassy in Muscat. He also wrote to the Indian embassy in Muscat and the police were in constant touch with the Oman officials.
To recall, the commissionerate police had on Tuesday arrested two members of a human trafficking gang, identified as Atiqur and Muzammil, from the city following a complaint filed by a Unnao resident at the Colonelganj police station here on April 9 accusing the duo of cheating.
The duo had sent his 40-year-old wife to Oman with a promise of a well-paid job. However, his wife instead landed at the house of a ‘kafeel’ (guarantor), who forced her to do household work for a menial salary. Since then, she had been calling her husband to get her back to their India.
The arrested miscreants had also confessed during interrogation that they were part of a well-organised international human trafficking racket and used to send people, especially women, to foreign countries against a hefty commission.
Also, till date they had sent 20 women through agents operating from Karnataka, Mumbai and Delhi against a commission of Rs 25,000-30,000 per head.
The complainant told police that as per his wife, along with her many other women including one from Unnao, besides from countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and African continent, were held hostage in a six-storey building in Oman and were forced into slavery.
The woman’s husband then approached local agents Atiqur and Muzammil and paid them Rs 22,000 for her air fare.
When the accused demanded him Rs 1 lakh more, he approached the police. Subsequently, the police arrested the duo.
Later, Arun and DCP (Crime) Salman Taj Patil approached the foreign ministry and embassies of the concerned countries.
Patil said, “The Oman police had rescued the women after the Indian embassy contacted them. The two women are currently at the Indian embassy and all the legal formalities to bring them back have been completed. The two rescued women will reach Chennai from Muscat and then to Kanpur most likely on Sunday.”

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