Three teenaged schoolgirls missing from New Delhi since Saturday were found travelling in an air-conditioned coach of the Guwahati-bound New Delhi-Guwahati Express train late on Saturday night.
Two of the school-goers were Class X students of Mount Abu Public School, while the other was their junior. The school is located in Sector 18 of Rohini, New Delhi.
All three girls, two of whom were travelling on a confirmed reservation ticket, were detained by Government Railway Police (GRP) at Mughalsarai railway station late on Saturday night, after the families complained to police.
The teenagers, who spent the entire night at GRP Police Station in Mughalsarai railway station said they fled from New Delhi for Guwahati, to save their parents’ money, as they were told by a teacher at school that they had failed in exams and their family will have to pay a fine of Rs 500 each.
Unwilling to buy the contention of the girls, grand father of one of them, Bhagat Singh said “this entire episode has been masterminded by some girl-trafficking racket in collusion with the school, which is deliberately being covered up by Delhi Police.”
A case of kidnapping under Section 363 of IPC has been registered at Samaipur Badli police station. Sub-Inspector at GRP Police Station at Mughalsarai railway station Rajesh Yadav said, “The girls have been handed over to the families and Police as they have confessed they fled on their own.”
Bhagat Singh, the grand father of one of the girls living in Swaroop Nagar of New Delhi told HT, “We realised the girls were missing when they did not return from school till 3 pm yesterday. “
“We first went to the school where we found that on the Gate Register it was mentioned that all three girls had come to the school, but when contacted the school principal remained silent and instead asked us not to inform the matter to Delhi Police or the media in the national capital.”
“At the school, we also found that pictures of two of the girls, including my grandchild, was not in place in the register,” he said.
“How could the girls go missing when there gate entry was already recorded and no one can leave the school before the school was over?”
He added that two men detained by Delhi Police last evening said they had taken the girls from the school and left them at New Delhi railway station, where some others gave them two confirmed AC tickets worth Rs 6,000 each and made them board the train.
“There is a strong possibility that some traffickers might be taking our girls to Guwahati, from where they could have been trafficked outside India, to which the school is also privy.”
Also, throughout the questioning of the girls at Mughalsarai, no female officer was present.