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Joint Bathinda-Rohtak police team searches slum areas, fails to get clue

punjab Updated: May 24, 2014 21:53 IST
HT Correspondent

After 12-year-old Rahul from Rohtak in Haryana made a disclosure about a begging-cum- amputation of limbs racket in Bathinda, the district police along with a team of the Rohtak police and parents of some missing children searched the slum areas in the city on Saturday but failed to get any clue about the racket.

The district police claimed that in the search operation nothing has been found, that could indicate the existence of any such racket in the city. The police could also not trace out Sunny, cousin of Rahul, who, as per his statement, to the Rohtak police had been seen in Bathinda when he was kept here.

The police team along with Rohtak police team, led by sub-inspector Praveen Kumar, child Rahul and Suneel, accused of abducting Rahul, conducted a search in the areas where begging is most prevalent and beggars stay during night.

The issue has rocked Rohtak with parents of the children, missing for the past many years, resorting to protests. Parents of some of the missing children had also reached here and accompanied the police during the search, in the hope of finding their missing children.

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the joint police team found nothing that could substantiate the claims of Rahul and Suneel about the existence of such a racket here.

The police also questioned some of the children to know whether they were working in the city on their own or were brought by someone else. These children, as per the police, had come to the city themselves in search of work or after some dispute at home.

Importantly, Rahul, who had been missing for the last several days, was found with accused Suneel and Vijay on a train in Rohtak on Thursday. The two were arrested for abducting the child.

Rahul told the Rohtak police that he was kept at a place in Bathinda that was full of amputated limbs indicating the existence of a begging-cum-amputation racket here and also stated that he had also seen his cousin brother Sunny in Bathinda whose arms were amputated and was forced to beg.