Another lot of child labourers rescued in Rajasthan

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 16:10 hrs

Jaipur, March 10 (IANS) A day after rescuing 168 child labourers, Rajasthan Police rescued 63 others aged between 7 and 13 years from on board a train here while they were being taken to West Bengal to work in factories there, officials said.

Police also arrested 10 men on charges of human trafficking, they added.

It is the second major bust of human trafficking gangs in Rajasthan within 24 hours as police had rescued 168 children from a train in Bharatpur Saturday.

A senior government railway police (GRP) officer said: "We got a tip-off from some social activists that 63 children were being taken to West Bengal in the Jodhpur-Howrah Express for working in factories there."

When the train reached Jaipur railway station, these children were made to get on the train by some people.

"Several of the children were made to stand in the train's toilets. However, a GRP (Government Railway Police) team raided the train and rescued the children. Most of the children are from Bihar and were working at some bangle factories in Jaipur," said the officer.

The officer added that 10 men were arrested from the train.

"These people are also from Bihar and work as labour contractors. They had bought these children from their parents in Bihar, and taken them to Jaipur to make them work at bangle factories here. Now they were shifting these children to West Bengal for employing them in factories there," said the officer.

The GRP had rescued 168 children from the Ajmer-Sealdah Express Saturday.

These children were also being taken from Jaipur to Kolkata to be employed as labourers in factories.

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