The Bengaluru city police have rescued 237 persons including 164 children from a beggary racket in a massive operation in the city called “operation smile”.
The joint operation was carried out by policemen, officials from the Women and Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), representatives from various NGOs and Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPU).
The operation that began around 10 am focused on traffic signals and important roads to locate beggars, police said.
“We have rescued 164 children and infants, 65 women and eight men in the operation,” P Harishekaran, Additional Commissioner of Police (east division) said.
“Operation Smile is one of the crime prevention strategies of city police and it focusses on prevention of juvenile and infants from beggary,” Harishekaran said.
He added that all the rescued children will be produced before the CWC for further action.
The investigation into the beggary racket will look to see if any of the children had been trafficked and a similar operation will be carried out once in a month in the future too, police said.