The police have arrested seven persons involved in human trafficking at Kumarikata along the Indo-Bhutan international border in Baksa district.

The police also rescued several women and seven teenaged girls.

A police team led by Nilavjyoti Nath, in charge of Kumarikata police out post in collaboration with a Sashastra Seema Bal team intercepted a bus at Kumarikata in which the accused along with the victims had been travelling on Tuesday morning.`

The victims were reportedly being taken to Gujarat under the pretext of providing them with employment in a fish factory there.

A case has already been registered against the arrested persons at the Tamulpur Police Station.

The accused were on Wednesday produced before the Mushalpur judicial magistrate, who remanded them to judicial custody.

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The minor victims were handed over to the Baksa district child welfare committee.

Police arrested the bus driver, his wife, one man and four other women and seized the bus bearing the registration number GJ-14V-7111.

The bus had arrived in Darrangamela from Gujarat recently.

Many people living along the Indo-Bhutan international border works at Samdrup Jongkhar of Eastern Bhutan.

However, the Bhutan gate of Samdrup Jongkhar was closed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and as such people of the area became jobless and the accused targeted such people who are in need of employment.

Sub-divisional police officer Rupjyoti Kalita arrived at the Kumarikata police outpost and investigations are underway.

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