Ludhiana: An illegal children’s home owner, accused of human trafficking and illegal religious conversions, has been arrested, said media reports on Thursday. According to a report in a leading daily, it took a team of Jharkhand Police from Chaibasa of West Singhbhum district to nab Satyendra Prakash Musa, the owner of the illegal children’s home which was being run at Phullanwal of Ludhiana. Musa, who ran Paksin Mary Cross Child Shelter Home without getting it registered under the Juvenile Justice Act, was arrested late on Tuesday. (Also read: Patna HC Asks Why Officer Probing Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Scandal Was Transferred) Also Read - Citizens' Rights, Not Restrictions, Are Fundamental, Says Supreme Court in Anticipatory Bail Verdict
According to the probe by Jharkhand Police, Musa also allegedly converted children to Christianity. As many as 38 children were living at the shelter home but only eight, four each from Jharkhand and Bihar, were found when a raid was conducted on August 20. The 30 missing children, allegedly trafficked from Jharkhand, are yet to be traced. While Musa claims to have handed over the 30 missing children to their parents, his claims are yet to be verified, said The Indian Express. (Also read: HC Asks CBI to Expedite Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Scandal Probe) Also Read - Two Arrested For Helping Fugitive Dawood's Aide Launder Money
Sub-inspector Banarasi Ram of the anti-human trafficking wing of the Jharkhand Police told the daily, “We have arrested Musa after a thorough probe. Thirty children are missing and Musa is claiming that he has handed them over to their parents, but he has failed to give us details of the same. All these thirty children are from Jharkhand. Also, children were being taught Christianity text and given new names. They were converted without even telling their parents. We will be taking Musa to Chaibasa as thirty children missing are from Jharkhand… A complaint was received by Chaibasa Child Welfare Committee following which this probe started.” Also Read - Police Nab Chinese Director of Noida Company That Stole Data, Fudged Records; Goods Worth Lakhs Confiscated
An FIR has been registered against Musa. The home had been running for the past 12 years and Musa claimed, contrary to many parents’ complaint, that parents themselves left children there as they were poor and could not afford their education. In Jharkhand, police said investigations were on and the team in Ludhiana was likely to return soon. Meanwhile, a hunt is on for another accused Junal Longa, a resident of Seengda village in Chaibasa.
CWC (West Singhbhum) member Jyotsna Tirkey was quoted as saying, “We came to know about some 30 children, trafficked from West Singhbhum, who were being kept in a shelter home in Ludhiana, allegedly illegally. We sent a police team there. They informed us that Musa was claiming to have returned those children to their parents. Then, we asked the team to send a report of its findings, on the basis of which we got an FIR registered.”
As to whether there was evidence of Musa converting children to Christianity, Tirkey said, “Prima facie report sent by them mentioned these aspects. We require more detail on this.”