In a bid to trace children who have gone missing from across the state, police have initiated a special survey of child labourers as well as children involved in begging in the city.
The move comes a few days after the police, following the Supreme Court’s directions, began registering cases of missing children. The police, through their survey, jot down details such as names, ages, where they are from, the name of their parents or guardians and their contact numbers, of such children. Their photographs are also being clicked.
“We are trying to find out if any of these children were kidnapped and brought into the city by child traffickers,” said police commissioner Pramod Ban.
The police will then contact the police station under whose jurisdiction the children’s native place falls to find out if they have a missing person’s report or kidnapping case registered for them.
“The police will keep in touch with other states in order to find out if they found any children reported missing from Ludhiana,” said the police chief.
The police division number 5 collected data of 28 children, most of whom were found begging at Bharat Nagar Chowk, Bhai Bala Chowk, Bus stand and Hero Bakery Chowk, on Friday.
Police station SHO inspector Beant Juneja, “We have also met the children’s parents. I have submitted a report with the senior officials.”