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Noida police launch phase-3 of Operation Smile to trace missing kids

The SSP constituted 21 police teams to specifically work on this operation. These teams will be going to neighbouring states and districts to see if there are missing children who have been reported missing from the district.

noida Updated: Jul 06, 2017 22:02 IST
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Each team will have one assistant sub-inspector/head constable and two constables.
Each team will have one assistant sub-inspector/head constable and two constables.

Gautam Budh Nagar police on Thursday started the third phase of Operation Smile (muskaan) to recover children who have been reported missing from the district. The initiative is a part of the state-level drive that is going on in Uttar Pradesh.

On Thursday, Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar, along with other senior police officials decided to take all possible efforts to trace children who have been reported missing from Noida.

Kumar constituted 21 police teams to specifically work on this operation. These teams will be going to neighbouring states and districts to see if there are missing children who have been reported missing from the district.

Each team will have one assistant sub-inspector/head constable and two constables. These teams will be looking for 132 missing children from the district. These teams will get in touch with government officials of various districts in the state and other states to coordinate in finding the missing children, officials said.

“Our teams will get in touch with various organisations and authorities working for the welfare of children to trace children missing from Gautam Budh Nagar. All neighbouring districts and states will be visited to find all missing children,” said Suniti, superintendent of police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.

Operation Smile was a brainchild of former Ghaziabad SSP, Dharmendra Singh, which turned out to be a successful step in tracing missing children. Operation Smile was launched in September 2014 to track and rescue missing children.

Taking inspiration from Ghaziabad police’s ‘Operation Smile’, in which 227 children missing from the area were rescued in 2014 from different parts of the country in one month, the Union home ministry asked all states and union territories to start a similar drive.