Shaken over the Nithari serial killings the state government on Sunday directed the police to maintain a proper record of all missing children at every police station in UP.
The government said that all missing cases of children would be registered as special report (SR) cases under UP Police Regulations 101. So only kidnapping for ransom cases were being registered under this provision.
Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Sunday the Principal Secretary (Home) SK Agarwal said that he had written a letter to DGP Bua Singh to direct the district police to properly monitor the missing cases of children. He said so far there was no system to record the missing cases. Agarwal directed the police to maintain a "register for missing cases of children" at every police station. He said missing cases should be considered as "heinous crime" along with other eight heads of crime enumerated under regulation 101.
The government has issued instruction to the district police to constitute a special cell for kidnapped and missing children headed by an officer of additional SP rank. Agarwal said the decision would go a long way in controlling the situation. Expressing concern over the Nithari killings, Agarwal said the police machinery would be effectively geared up to tackle such a situation. Justifying the government decision to refer the Nithari case to CBI Agarwal said the possibility of its wider ramifications could also not be ruled out.
In his letter to the DGP, the secretary said kidnapping of children was not only restricted to ransom. He said there were reports that even after registration of FIRs in kidnapping cases, the parents normally did not get any feedback from the police. Agarwal said that the police would apprise the parents/guardians of the progress of investigation. Agarwal said such cases should be monitored at the district, range and zone levels. He said at DGP headquarters IG (Crimes) would monitor the situation. Agarwal said every case would be accounted for and the state government would also review the situation.
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