HYDERABAD: As many as 25 minors, aged between 10 and 15, escaped from the State Home here in Jagadgirigutta by removing the window grills.
Within hours, the police traced 13 of them while the remaining are yet to be found.
Even though the incident took place two days ago, the matter came to light on Friday.
According to police, the children escaped from the State Home by removing window grills from the rear side of the building. The State Home staff approached the police on Wednesday after which a search was launched.
‘’We traced 13 children and 12 more are yet to be traced,’’ said Balanagar ACP N Narasimha Reddy.
All these minors were shifted to State home after they committed petty offences while some were rescued from the streets. Even though there was proper security at the Home, the victims still managed to escape by removing a window grill and jumping off from the first floor of building.
‘’Some of them were hesitant to escape and stayed back. They told us that some of the inmates hatched a plan to escape by removing the screws of the window on the rear side of the Home. While some of them ran towards Secunderabad, some were found moving in the same locality,’’ police said.
To trace the inmates, police formed a special team. ‘’During the course of investigation, we found that there was no harassment from the staff at the State Home. In fact, the staff held counselling sessions and orientation programmes. Unable to follow the rules of the State Home, the children have decided to escape. This was revealed to us by those who were traced,’’ said the ACP.
Earlier, on June 2, 11 girls, escaped from the State Home at Yousufguda by removing the window grills. Later, the girls were traced by the police.