In a clear violation of the Supreme Court orders which mandate that a first information report (FIR) be registered immediately on the complaints involving missing children, the city police failed to register a case even after 48 hours they received a complaint that two migrant children had gone missing.
Rahul (11) and Raja (10), natives of Bihar and currently residing at Hadiabad locality in the city, went missing on Saturday afternoon.
The Supreme Court in January 2013 had made it mandatory for police stations across the country to register an FIR on missing complaints of minors and appoint a special police officer to handle complaints of juveniles.
Moreover, to ensure safety of minors, the apex court had directed all the police stations to treat all incidents of missing children under the age of 14 as kidnapping cases.
Madan Sahni, father of Raja, along with Ram Lakhan, his brother-in-law and father of Rahul, had lodged a complaint at the Satnampura police station on Sunday morning that the two children went missing on Saturday afternoon when playing in a vacant plot opposite to their house at Basant Bagh Colony.
“After the children did not return home, we searched for them at our relatives’ places. I went to the police station to lodge an FIR but police told me to wait for their return for two-three days,” Sahni said on Tuesday.
He said the police just made an entry in a daily diary report (DDR), despite the family’s demand for a proper investigation in this connection.
On the other hand, police officials claimed the family members themselves told the police not to register an FIR as the children might have gone to their native village.
Sahni, however, refuted this.
“We want our children back. The police should take the case seriously and help us to find our children,” he demanded.
Phagwara deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manpreet Singh Dhillon said he called the parents in the evening and the police will register an FIR soon.