Noida police reunites 86 missing children with families in Op Muskan-3
As many as 131 children were reported missing in the district, of whom police recovered 28 children in the district and 58 from other locations.noida Updated: Aug 02, 2017 22:41 IST
Lal Babu Paswan was overwhelmed to welcome back his 11-year-old son Rohit, who had gone missing from Azadpur area of Delhi over two months ago.
Paswan said, “My son, Rohit, and his friend Usman had gone to school, but he did not return home that evening. There was no place left in Azadpur where I did not look for him, but I could not find him. We lost all hope, until July 25, when we got a call from KK saheb (a policeman) saying they have found my son in Gwalior.”
Rohit said that he had boarded a train to cross the railway track in Azadpur, but the train started moving before he could get down on the other side. He then got down at an unidentified railway station and was taken to a shelter home. The police and NGO volunteers were able to trace Rohit and reunite him with his family.
Rohit is one among the 86 children who were reunited with their parents by Gautam Budh Nagar police in one month under the Central government’s Operation Muskan-III.
As many as 131 children were reported missing in the district, of whom police recovered 28 children in the district and 58 from other locations.
The month-long operation, from July 1-31, was carried out by 22 teams of the district police, who constantly counselled children and reunited them with their parents.
“Memories of young children are short-lived and can fade out in a month or two. Hence, it is crucial to trace the children at the earliest,” said Preeti Bala Gupta, superintendent of police (crime) and in-charge of Operation Muskan III.
“We shall endeavour to make it (tracing missing children) a routine practice of the police, rather than waiting for the government’s campaign or directions,” she said at an event organised by Noida police on Wednesday at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Sector 6.
The 86 children were recovered from Gwalior, Kanpur, Allahabad, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Lucknow and Haryana, among other places, which are directly connected to Noida through rail or road routes.
Gupta said, “We started searching for children in shelter homes, bus stands and railway stations. In some cases, we were able to trace the children very quickly based on our information, but in some cases, clues were not enough.”
Gupta said that during the operation, she noticed that most shelter homes do not have even basic facilities to educate children and called for improving the facilities.
Inspector general of police (Meerut Range) Ram Kumar, district magistrate BN Singh, SSP Love Kumar, Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad and other police personnel were present at the event.