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NIA names 4 in Delhi-Jharkhand human trafficking charge sheet

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed its first supplementary charge sheet against four people for running a human trafficking racket from Jharkhand to Delhi and neighbouring states.

The gang used to traffic vulnerable poor boy and girls from Jharkhand on the pretext of providing them jobs in Delhi and neighbouring states.

The case pertains to human trafficking in the guise of running placement agencies. It was initially registered in Jharkhand’s Khunti district on July 19, 2019 in which 37-year-old kingpin of the gang, Panna Lal Mahto, was arrested. Mahato was running a human trafficking network in Jharkhand and Delhi.

The NIA took over the case on June 13 last year.

During investigations, it was revealed that Panna Lal, along with his wife Sunita, was operating a human trafficking network in the guise of six placement agencies in Delhi. Sunita is still absconding.

The agency said that the victims were exploited and were never paid the promised remunerations.

Two other accused, Gopal Oraon and Shiv Shankar Ganjhu, were arrested during investigations. They were close associates of Panna and were actively involved in trafficking vulnerable persons from Jharkhand.

Investigation has also revealed that both were owners of three placement agencies in Delhi, involved in human trafficking racket.

In order to unveil the racket, twenty-two victims have been identified, rescued and examined till now,
the NIA said while presenting the charge sheet in a special court here against four people– Mahato, Sunita, Oraon and Ganjhu.

The accused has been charged with criminal conspiracy, Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 and Section 79 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015 and other various sections under Indian Penal Code.

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41 people dead in shipwreck off Tunisia: UN

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A shipwreck off the coast of southeast Tunisia killed at least 41 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a joint statement.

The UN agencies said in the statement issued on Friday that three survivors have been rescued and the search effort was still underway, reports Xinhua news agency.

Based on initial information, the UN agencies said that all those who died were from Sub-Saharan Africa.

“This tragic loss of life underscores once again the need to enhance and expand state-led search and rescue operations across the Central Mediterranean, where some 290 people have lost their lives so far this year,” said the statement.

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18 people killed in Nigeria Boko Haram attack

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Eighteen people were killed and 21 others injured when members of the Boko Haram terror group attacked Nigeria’s northeastern town of Damasak earlier this week, wreaking havoc in the area, a top official said.

Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of the restive state of Borno, told reporters on Friday during he confirmed the toll from Tuesday’s attack during a visit to Damasak, reports Xinhua news agency.

“The UN humanitarian hub, private residential houses, a police station, a primary healthcare centre were among properties destroyed,” said Zulum.

He said he visited Damasak to fully assess the extent of damage and interact well with security officials involved in the counter-insurgency operations in the town, adding measures were put in place to forestall future attacks.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009.

The terror group has also extended its attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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Rescue ops to locate missing fishermen on, 3 bodies recovered

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The Indian Navy recovered the bodies of three missing fishermen from the sea off the coast of Mangaluru in Karnataka on Friday.

The Navy will resume its search and rescue operation on Saturday to find the remaining six missing fishermen.

“Indian Naval Ship Nireekshak recovers three bodies of missing fishermen from the IFB ‘Rabah’ ship, to enter Mangalore port on Friday midnight to hand over the bodies,” the Indian Navy stated.

The Navy has deployed its surface and air assets for the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation launched for the missing fishermen in the sea off the coast of Mangaluru.

“It was reported that an Indian fishing boat, IFB Rabah, with 14 fishermen had suffered a collision with a Singapore flag merchant ship, MV APL Le Havre, 40 nautical miles west of Mangaluru at about 2 am on April 13,” the Navy said.

The boat IFB Rabah had set off from Beypore in Kozhikode district in Kerala on Sunday evening.

The India Coast Guard (ICG) confirmed the rescue of two crew members after an operation that began on Tuesday. After Wednesday, the Indian Navy was roped in for the search and rescue operation.

Indian Naval ships along with naval aircraft from Goa have been deployed in the area to augment the search and rescue efforts of the Coast Guard vessels.

While two rescued fishermen have been shifted to safety ashore, six bodies have been recovered thus far. The search is on for the remaining six fishermen.

To assist in the rescue efforts, INS Subhadra, a patrol vessel, was sailed from Karwar along with a diving team.

The ship arrived on the scene in the early hours of April 14.

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