Bhubaneswar: The Crime Branch of Odisha police today arrested five persons including three women in connection with trafficking and selling off of a Dalit woman from Puri in Madhya Pradesh.
The accused were identified as Rama Krishna (38), Mina Das, Manorama Barik alias Jati, Bidu Behera and Pravati Sahu.
Mother of four children, Suryakanti Mallick (35), of Bauribasta in Puri Sadar police limits was sold off by the accused persons for Rs 55,000 in Janada village under Ashok Nagar police limits in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh where she was forced to marry a man. She was rescued recently following the joint efforts of MP’s Ashok Nagar police and Puri police.
Following a complaint by the victim, Crime Branch DSP Nilima Panda was entrusted with the investigation. The victim alleged that she was enticed by the accused person to work at Hyderabad for good earning and was taken to Janada village.
The accused persons handed over her to one Dasarath Singh Yadav taking a sum of Rs 55,000 promising that the victim Suryakanta is unmarried and will marry him. Leaving Suryakanti there the accused persons left the village.
Subsequently, the victim was forced to marry but protested to remain as husband and wife telling that she is married and mother of four children.
On getting information the parents of Suryakanti went there and requested Dasarath Singh Yadav to leave their daughter. Later, after the intervention of Ashok Nagar police and Puri police, Dasarath Singh Yadav allowed the Dalit Suryakati to return home.
The accused persons have been arrested today and forwarded to the court.
Ram Krishna Ray of Janada (MP), who presently staying at Batagaon (Nuagaon) in Puri Sadar police limits is the mastermind of trafficking of the victim with the help of other accused persons, who are inhabitants of Puri town, the police said.