“Fighting human trafficking and forced labour has always been my aim. I wanted to get into Indian Administrative Services but I couldn’t succeed. In 1995, I got into the Indian Police Services, after clearing my civil service examination and in 1999, I joined the Andhra Pradesh police. I was the Superintendent of Police, Adilabad from 2000 to 2004 where naxalism was at an unprecedented high. It was a challenging phase, but we managed to maintain control. In 2004, I became the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad and was mostly involved in anti-extremist operations. One day I got an anonymous letter about a dance bar in a resort where girls from Mumbai and Kolkata were being brought. We raided the place and uncovered a serious case of exploitation of girls. They were staying in different parts of the city and were transported by a school bus to the resort. We rescued the girls, arrested the customers and the organisers. Later, we associated with Dr Sunita Krishnan of the Prajwala foundation and worked together in combating Human Trafficking in the city. I was then transferred to Nalgonda district as Superindent of Police. We conducted raids in Yadagirigutta and rescused many women.
We worked with the collector and a scheme called Ashra was launched where NGOs and corporates worked together to provide vocational training to the rescued girls. Within 18 months we were able to rehabilitate 95 percent of them. When I was the Superintendent of Police at Kadapa, I dealt with many cases where women from Rayachoti were sent to the Gulf, disguised as maids. In 2009, I became the Deputy Inspector General of Police for Eluru range. With the help of the deputy collector, we were able to shut many brothels there. Then I returned to Hyderabad as a resource person at National Police Academy. In 2015, the Commissionerate of Rachakonda was formed and I became the first Commissioner.
Soon we channeled special attention towards combating forced labour in the city. Through Operation Smile, we have rescued more than 2100 children who had been brought here from Odisha. We also started special schools for these children.
The students studied there for a year and only after that were they sent to join schools back home. I also used to mentor students from Maharashtra’s Jnana Prabodhini Competitive Examination Centre (JPCEC). Later, in 2015, when WhatsApp became accessible for everyone, I started coaching IAS aspirants through two WhatsApp groups, one each for the candidates of Hyderabad and other for Maharashtra. Recognizing my efforts, the United States Department of State conferred me with the 2017 Trafficking In Persons Report Heros award. With recent technological advancements and digitalization, we are now focusing on Cyber security, where special teams work on the ground to directly interact with people and educate them about various cybercrimes. Most of the people lack awareness and end up being victims. It’s high time for everyone to understand the ongoing trends, while we work to control the increasing digital frauds in society.
The different social reformers who I had the opportunity to meet and work with, have greatly insipred me. These included Anna Hazare during the establishment of Ralegan Siddhi village, Medha Patkar, during the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the late Narendra Dhabolker, who ran the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, to eradicate superstitions prevalant in rural areas. They played a major role in helping me achieve my dream for a better society while I continued to work hard on my path for a trafficking free community.”
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