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Activists find proof of more kids at illegal Jaipur shelters

A month after it rescued 53 inmates of two illegal children’s homes in Jaipur,NGO FXB India Suraksha has found pictures of more children from Northeast celebrating Christmas at these shelters.

Written by Sweta Dutta | Jaipur | Published: April 20, 2013 2:33:38 am

A month after it rescued 53 inmates of two illegal children’s homes in Jaipur,NGO FXB India Suraksha has found pictures of more children from Northeast celebrating Christmas at these shelters.

The NGO has given the pictures to police and Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to help find the children.

The pictures show at least 20 children. “Three of them we rescued on March 12 while the rest are yet to be identified,” Lata Singh,the NGO’s coordinator in Rajasthan,told The Indian Express. “We fear these children could be locked up in similar illegal homes but we are not sure. So we have approached child welfare commissions of Manipur and Nagaland and police in Jaipur so a missing report is filed and efforts are made to trace them. The commission in Nagaland has informed us that a hunt for these children has begun but we are yet to hear from the authorities in Manipur.”

The pictures,Singh said,were retrieved from the rescued children and these reveal that other children joined them for Christmas at the illegal home in Jawahar Circle that was raided last month.

“We have also found that Jacob John,who ran these illegal homes,also managed other homes and schools with his brother and acquaintances. We have addresses of a home run by his first wife Anjana Anna John and a school run by his brother John Paul in Kanota that we suspect is not registered. These leads have been provided to the Child Protection Commission in Jaipur and the police,” Singh said.

Jacob John,meanwhile,was bailed out Wednesday. He is the only person police have arrested so far though it has been more than a month since his illegal homes were raided. The police,in fact,haven’t made much progress in the probe so far.

“The case was so far being investigated by officials at three different police stations so little headway was made. All files have come to me now and we will start an investigation soon. In the interrogation till now,the accused has maintained that he ran the homes in good faith and that he is innocent. The matter has to be investigated from several angles,” Jaipur Assistant Commissioner of Police Gagandeep Singla,who is heading the investigation now,said.

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