Hyderabad: Hyderabad unit of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested the kingpin behind the human trafficking racket in connection with a case registered by the agency in September 2019. The accused Ruhul Amin Dhali (52), along with his gang, had been operating the racket by trafficking women from Bangladesh and West Bengal. They were organising flesh trade in different parts of the country, including Hyderabad. Officers registered the case based on a file opened at Chatrinaka police station in Hyderabad in April 2019.

During April, Chatrinaka police teams raided a house near Kandikal Gate at Baji Nagar in Uppuguda and rescued five Bangladeshi women who were forced into flesh trade. Police arrested three persons — Mohammed Yousuf Khan, his wife Bithi Begum and Sojib, all natives of West Bengal — for running the racket. In September, NIA registered its first human trafficking and exploitation case under the recently amended NIA Act and started an investigation.

During the investigation, they traced Ruhul Amin Dhali to West Bengal to arrest him. They produced him before a court at Basirhat in West Bengal on Friday for obtaining transit remand. They will also produce him before the NIA Special Court in Hyderabad.

Inquiries revealed that Amin Dhali had been regularly receiving funds from Bangladesh, for facilitating cross-border transport of women from Bangladesh and forcing them into prostitution.

During his arrest, NIA seized a dual SIM smartphone, with both SIMs activated. While one of the SIMs in the phone was Bangladeshi, the officers seized nine other SIM cards of which four were Bangladeshi. They also found two memory cards, ten thousand Bangladeshi currency in one thousand denominations, one diary containing mobile numbers of agents from Bangladesh and India, and identity cards.

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