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Finding missing ‘link’ at Mansa Devi

Missing children and relatives top the list of lost and found items at the heavily flooded Mansa Devi shrine

Missing children and relatives top the list of lost and found items at the heavily flooded Mansa Devi shrine during the Navratras

these days.

In the past four days,as many as 35 children who went missing have been found while 52 adults have been reunited with their families.

“Most of the complaints received by us are regarding missing children and missing relatives. The number of other items lost and found is rather insignificant,” said Krishan Chand,a worker at the Lost and Found Centre,leafing through his register of missing items.

Some 450 announcements have been made by 40 speakers at the three lost and found centres set up at the shrine during the first four days of Navratras. “Police personnel bring most of the kids to us who lose contact with their parents when the shrine is heavily crowded. Once somebody approaches us after hearing the announcements,we properly authenticate their relationship,” added Chand.

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He successfully reunited 15 lost children with their families on Tuesday as well.

Wallets and purses are the second most missing items after kids and relatives. Cell phones and keys are the other items often entering Chand’s lost and found register.

As such announcements went on throughout Tuesday,some 20,000 people visited the shrine while around Rs 10 lakh and some 45 gold and silver coins were donated.