3 trafficked girls rescued from Moreh

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HT Correspondent

IMPHAL, Sept 2: Anti Human trafficking Unit Churachandpur along with a team of women police Churachandpur rescued three girls (including one minor) who were reportedly being trafficked to South East Asia along Moreh-Rangoon route on Saturday, according to police sources. The incident took place in the wee hours of the day(about 2:30 am).

The said girls who were  lured into jobs and they are kept at a “clandestine place” in Rangoon,were segregated into two groups as per their looks and where they were given various form of skills works such as massage,household, sanitary works etc,the source said. They were transported on an Eeco Van (MN02B 5411).

Besides seizing the vehicle, the police also arrested three traffickers including main agent Ms Esther Lalpianmawii of Thingkanphai, Churachandpur,it added. She admitted to have transported many girls in past as well. The other two arrested accused are ) Ms Lalganihawami (32) ,also from Thingkanphai, Churachandpur and Lunkhosat Haokip(31) s of Canaan veng, Churachandpur,who is the driver of the vehicle.

“A case has been registered (u/s 370(3)&(4)/373/34 IPC & 5(a) (d)  (i)  Immoral Trafficking (p) Act 1956)in women police station Churachandpur,” says the police source. “We have also tied up with Child Welfare Committee Churachandpur for the same”

Heikru Hidongba festival :Thousands of Imphalites thronged the Bijoygobinda Moat at Sagoband in Imphal West district on Saturday to witness a boat race organised as part of the traditional ‘Heikru Hidongba’ festival. The 239th Heikru Hidongba festival is organised on the 11th day of the Manipuri calendar month ‘Langban’ to bring prosperity to the community.

Apart from performing religious rituals to predict the fortune of the State in the days to come, and paying obeisance to the God for bountiful blessings in the year gone by, a boat race are the main highlights of the festival.

Introduced in the 1779, the Heikru Hidongba has been a festival of great cultural and religious significance where prayers and rituals are performed for prosperity and sanctity.

On the day of the race, a garland is being assembled from one hundred and eight Heikru(Amla). In between each Heikru, there is a tip of ‘hup’ interspersing the strand. Another garland is being made out of one hundred and eight rice grains, each grain picked by fingers from its husk, according to Shree Shree Bijoy Govinda Sevayet Committee Organising members.

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