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2 boys from Snehalaya go missing

The incident happenened when a group of around 70 children were taken to the garden by Snehalaya officials.

Two 15-year-old boys from Snehalaya, a government-run shelter home for children in Maloya, went missing during a visit to the Japanese Garden in Sector 31 on Friday, police said.

Deepak Pandey, and Mohammad Konak of the shelter home were found missing when a group of around 70 children were taken to the garden by Snehalaya officials.

Police have registered a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons on the complaint of Snehalaya warden.

While officials remained tight-lipped on the matter, police sources said that the children were taken from the shelter home in Maloya to the Sector 31 garden on Friday.

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When the group was about to return, the officials accompanying them noticed that Pandey and Konak were missing. They searched in and around the garden, but to no avail, following which they informed the police.

When the group was about to return, the officials accompanying them noticed that Pandey and Konak were missing. They searched in and around the garden, but to no avail, following which they informed the police.

Sources said that Pandey was brought to the home from Delhi by an NGO while Konak earlier lived in Bapu Dham colony near Sector 26. Both are orphans, but Konak was living in Snehalaya along with his brothers and sisters.

“They do not have any close relative outside but they are still suspected to have run away on their own. We are trying to ascertain the reasons and also contacting the people who knew them. One of them worked at a dhaba earlier and we are trying to get in touch with the owner for any information,” police said.

Police have registered a case of kidnapping under Section 363 of the IPC with the Sector 31 police. “We cannot give any further details at this moment as it is a sensitive case involving children,” said SHO Bhupinder Singh.

It is not the first time that children from Snehalaya have gone missing. Such incidents have been reported several times earlier.

In 2011, 10 children from the home scaled the wall to escape. However, all of them were rescued.