ITANAGAR- The Itanagar Capital Police have arrested two persons, including a woman, for their alleged involvement in child trafficking, and rescued the 4-month-old baby from their possession.
According to Itanagar Capital Region Superintendent of Police (SP) – Jimmy Chiram, the accused woman has been identified as drug peddler Anu Wangsa, who was caught on charges of drug possession in 2021. Whereas, the person Badal Natung (47) is her associate, originally from Seijosa.
According to the complaint, the biological mother of the child had borrowed some money from Badal Natung. When she failed to return the money, the accused who knowing about her pregnancy, asked her to give the baby to him after the birth.
The accused alongwith one Anu Wangsa used to allure her with drugs and extra money. And after the delivery of the baby, they took the baby from her possession. The biological mother of the baby did not refuse the accused due to fear. The baby, four month old when reported, is in the custody of Badal Natung and Anu Wangsa.
Upon receipt of the complaint, a case u/s 370(3)/34 r/w section 80/81 JJ Act was registered in PS Itanagar and a special team was formed to arrest the accused and rescue the child.
The police team along with Childline Itanagar rescued the trafficked child and apprehended the accused Badal Natung from his residence at Doni Polo Road, Itanagar; while Anu Wangsa was caught from Chimpu Tinali.
Meanwhile, the infant was produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Itanagar and on its instructions, handed over to the NGO OJU Welfare Association (which runs ‘Shishu Griha’ and a creche in Naharlagun) for safe custody of the child. .
The whole Operation was supervised by Additional SP Capital, Thutan Jamba, APPS ably supported by police team including Insp Rongrang, Insp Takhe Tasso and Insp M Mibang with local area Magistrate.
CWC, Itanagar Chairperson Mrs Likha Asha and Chairperson OJU welfare Association Mrs Ratan Anya with teams from Childline and WHL provided critical support in ensuring safety of the infant child.