CUTTACK: As many as 2039 missing children, including 289 minor girls, have been rescued so far from different parts of the State during the first phase operation of Muskan-3. It is a campaign initiated by Central Government and launched by Crime Branch of Odisha Police to trace out and rescue missing children from within and outside the State. It was held from July 15 to August 13 in two phases.
Informing about the success of the first phase, Special DG, CID (CB), BK Sharma told mediapersons that the success was achieved in the first 10 days due to successful leadership of SPs in different districts and massive monitoring by the Crime Branch. “Interestingly, the 2039 rescued children also include 160 missing ones against whose names kidnap cases were registered in different police stations of the State under Section 363 of IPC,” said Sharma.
All the 160 rescued children will be part of the investigation of the registered kidnapping case. “We will make further investigation and try to find out the accused persons involved in their kidnapping,” he added.
The rest of the rescued victims include missing, abandoned, runaway, child labour and kids begging at public places, he added.
The large scale rescue of missing children was possible because of the coordination among all inter agencies such as Women and Child Development (WCD) and Labour Departments at district levels.
Sharma said, 10 teams would leaves for 13 to 14 states from July 29 and 30 and intensify the search operation at all possible places where they could be engaged for work.
After rescuing missing children, efforts will be made to reunite them with their parents and legal guardians. If parents and legal guardians are unavailable, steps will be taken to rehabilitate them in Children’s Home or Swadhar Gruha, Sharma said.