Eleven Bru girls rescued from Agartala

At least eleven girls including minors belonging to the Bru community has been rescued by Police and Childline workers from the Chandrapur Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Agartala on Wednesday.

As per reports, the girls were roaming around in the bus terminal when the locals out of suspicion informed the Childline authorities about them. Accordingly, the Childline officials, along with the police swung into action and have taken custody of the girls.

Two of the girls were 18 years-old, while the rest were minors. The girls have been shifted to a shelter home and would be handed over to their parents after completing formalities.

Meanwhile, the person who escorted the girls to the bus terminal has been arrested and further interrogations are going on.

Reportedly, the girls and their parents were lured by the person in lieu of providing some lucrative jobs, following which they have been escorted by him to Agartala.

Childline officials also admitted that the girls were brought from Bru refugee camps located at Kanchanpur.

As the events unfolded the incident has been related to human trafficking, however, further investigations are going on.

The girls were inmates of a Mizoram Bru refugee camp at Gachiram Para in the Kanchanpur subdivision. Over 30,000 refugees have been housed in makeshift camps in Kanchanpur for the past 24 years. The Bru are one of the 21 scheduled tribes of the Indian state of Mizoram and Tripura. The Bru can be found all over the Tripura state in India.

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