The campaign started by Mumbai police to trace missing people has started to show results, revealed statistics released by the force for the RTI query put forth by activist Chetan Kothari.
In 2014, of the 10,916 missing people, 9,673 were found, while in 2015, till March end, 1,992 of the 2,444 missing were found.
The force launched the campaign in November 2014, under the commissioner of police Rakesh Maria. Special emphasis was put on finding missing children. It was then decided that each police station will have a dedicated team and incentives will be given to police teams that find missing people/children.
Of the 10,916 missing people in 2014, 146 who were traced were below 10 years, while 35 were between 11 and 15 years, 3,027 were between 16 and 25 years, 3,292 were between 26 and 40 years, while 3,173 were above 40 years of age.
In 2015 (up to March), 25 children below the age of 10 years were traced. Sixty-six were between the age group of 11 and 15 years, 1,070 between 16 and 25 years, 545 between 26 and 40 years and 286 above 40 years.
According to officers, some cases included people who had eloped, while in some cases children had run away from home after a fight with parents.
While starting the campaign, senior officers had said at least 500 children go missing every year in the city and on an average, a majority of these cases remained unsolved. Joint commissioner of police (law and order), Deven Bharti, said in many cases, they went out of the state to locate missing people.