Snehalaya takes inmates on trip, 2 go missing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2015 12:09 IST

In a case of utter negligence, the Snehalaya authorities took 70 children to Japanese Garden in Sector 31 on Friday, but returned with just 68 inmates.

The two inmates went missing from Sector 31 after the daylong leisure trip.

Snehalaya is a home for destitute children in Maloya and is managed by the UT social welfare department. Abandoned children are given shelter at Snehalaya.

The police said Deepak Pandey (15) and Kanak (16) had gone to Japanese Garden along with the Snehalaya authorities. On their return, the Snehalaya authorities found two children missing. They lodged a complaint with the police, following which a case of kidnapping was registered.

The incident has once again brought to the fore the issue of safety of the inmates of the Snehalaya. The authorities could not even maintain the count of the inmates. It was only after coming back at the home that they realised that two teenagers were missing.

The incidents of inmates going missing from Snehalaya are reported every year.

In December, an 11-year-old boy went missing from the home after scaling the wall.

Last year, around five children had gone missing from the Snehalaya. The then area station house officer Gurmukh Singh had also written to the UT senior superintendent of police urging him to take up the issue of installing CCTV cameras at the home and to increase the height of the wall with the director of the social welfare department.

In 2011, at least 12 children went missing from the home. A report was also prepared in 2011 by the police that recommended security measures at the home.

Despite attempts, UT social welfare director Tilak Raj could not be contacted.

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