Nagpur: A major child trafficking racket has been busted at Nagpur railway station on Tuesday when as many as 26 child labourers, all hailing from Bihar state, were rescued from Danapur Secunderabad Express on Tuesday.
The train was detained at the station for 25 minutes during the joint rescue operation by Railway Protection Force(RPF), Central Railway and Child Line. Based on a tip-off that 40 children were being taken to Hyderabad on the train, teams from RPF, Railways and NGOs swung into action. The special operation was planned before arrival of the train. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Somesh Kumar himself visited the station and directed the officials to detain the train so that the officials get enough time for checking.
After conducting a thorough search in the train, a total of 26 child labourers were deboarded from the train and taken to the RPF post. Sources informed that 12 children were being taken to the Badnera Station. The children will be handed-over to the Government Railway Police for further action and produced before the child welfare committee. Sources claimed that January 1 is the birth date of all the children mentioned in their Aadhaar cards.
Stale food offered to children
Sources informed that stale food was offered to the children when they deboarded from the train. The children had not eaten the food.