HYDERABAD:The North Zone police have rescued 58 children from Railway and Bus terminals, as well as establishments and roads as part of Operation Muskan programme.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP), North Zone, N Prakash Reddy said that 14 of the 58 children were handed over to their guardians/parents. The rest were sent to rescue homes. Meanwhile, 14 cases were booked against the owners of various establishments which were employing the rescued minors.
Operation Muskan was launched on July 1 in all police limits of the North Zone with the intent to rescue missing children and minors who were forced into beggary, child labour, prostitution etc.
The DCP has instructed all ACPs and inspectors of North Zone to serve notices to all establishments warning them about the consequences of employing children for work.
Child Welfare Department is running a Toll Free Number 1098 for the rescue of children victimised under various issues.
If any person notices minors under the above mentioned conditions, they should inform the toll free number 1098 or the Zonal nodal Officer of North Zone D Balaji, inspector of police, Cell No: 9490616030, the deputy commissioner of police said.