Acting on the tip-off from activists of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), the Government Railway Police (GRP) rescued six boys from Katihar-Amritsar Express at the city railway station and detained a 34-year-old man on Sunday evening.
The boys, aged between 12 and 14, were travelling with the suspect, who claimed to be working as the construction labourer at Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district.
Harcharan Singh, a city-based BBA activist, who was travelling in the general coach of Katihar Express, noticed the boys and got suspicious. “I was travelling from Ludhiana to Jalandhar when I saw these boys. I asked one of them where they were heading and he couldn’t give a satisfactory reply,” said Harcharan. Suspecting it to be a case of child trafficking, he informed the railway police.
Three of the boys are carrying Aadhaar cards with them. Assistant sub-inspector Surender Singh said investigations were on and they were trying to contact the child welfare committee (CWC).