The Crime Branch has rescued 23 missing children and united them with their parents in a special two-week-long drive called Operation Milap. Police said the children were rescued from shelter homes in the city. The operation was supervised by Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Taj Hassan and conducted by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and Eastern Range led by DCP Dinesh Kumar Gupta.
“Most of the children had run away from home because a parent scolded them or they were kidnapped or they had just lost their way and ended up in shelter homes. We had to talk to them with a lot of understanding and win their trust before they gave out where their homes were and how they got separated from their families,” Gupta said.
Most of the rescued children are aged between six and 18 years. They were sent to their homes in various states.
Asma, the aunt of a rescued 16-year-old boy, said, “He worked as a mechanic. Somebody had accused him of theft. He didn’t come home because he didn’t want to face his parents, so he ran away.”