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Trafficking of West Bengal teenage girl: Rights leader alleges police inaction

By Our Representative Kirity Roy, secretary, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a Hooghly-based human rights group, has asked additional director general of police (ADGP), CID, West Bengal, to ensure quick investigation into the trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, alleging police inaction despite complaint filed more than one-and-a-half months back.  The girl belongs to a poor scheduled caste family from village Hariharpur, Police Station Basirhat of 24 Parganas (North) district, said Roy, naming a resident of village Pathankhali, Police Station  Gosaba, district 24 Parganas (South), for abducting the girl daughter when she had out of her residence to buy some items on March 26.  "Hariharpur village is situated at the bank of river Ichamati and adjoined to India-Bangladesh border. The villagers were mostly dependent on fishing in Ichamati river, but now fishing is being restricted by the posted Border Security Force personnel and forced the villagers to sustain their fam
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