Trafficker jumps bail, flees to Dubai

He was wanted for arranging contract marriages of minors with aged Arabs.

HYDERABAD: Making a mockery of the ongoing probe into human trafficking cases registered in the city recently, an alleged broker, Mohd Habeeb Khan alias Habeeb Chatti, reportedly fled to Dubai after jumping bail and absconding for some time.

The press note issued by the police following the arrest of some Oman nationals, the qazis and brokers listed as accused mentioned Habeeb’s name in a case filed by the Chandrayangutta police. He was earlier booked in four other cases of “contract marriages”, including one each at Rajendranagar and Kamatipura police stations.

In all, the police had arrested five Omanis, three Qatar nationals, four qazis, six brokers and four lodge owners in a human trafficking racket bust. All the accused persons were later released on bail. The police had seized their passports and deposited them in courts.

According to sources, Habeeb had not presented himself before the police as mandated for last three weeks, raising speculation that he may have fled abroad.
When contacted, ACP Falaknuma, Syed Fayaz, who recently took over charge of the division, said, “We had tried to contact Habeeb’s family members but they were unwilling to give details. We have information that he has flown to Dubai. I am checking whether his passport was deposited in the court or not,” said Mr Fayaz.

Inspector Y. Prakash Reddy of Chandrayangutta police was not available for comment.

The police were planning to invoke Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (PD Act) against Habeeb, as he was involved in a few cases earlier.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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