Nagpur: On the first day, Operation Muskan helped bring back a 6-year-old mentally challenged boy to his hostel, from where he was missing for the past 13 days. The boy was found begging for food. Two girls, aged 15 and 16, and a 14-year-old boy were also taken back to their homes.
The rescue of the four minors brought cheer at the start of the campaign by the social service branch police officials. They were coordinating with Lakadganj, Kalamna, Jaripatka and Yashodhara Nagar police stations, including taking rounds of the traffic signals, Yeshwant Stadium and railway station. The social service branch helpline numbers also received many calls to provide information about abandoned kids spotted around the city.
Though the number of children rescued was only four, the campaign brought back smiles on at least the faces of the parents of these children. Powar claimed that many children will be rescued in the coming days. The officials collected data on 19 children found abandoned at traffic signals and uploaded them on the website.
All the rescued children had gone missing in the past few days from the jurisdiction of Jaripatka police station. A 6-year-old boy, who was missing from past 13 days, was found in Kamptee area. The boy had walked out of the government hostel for mentally challenged boys while playing with his friends.
“A person from Kamptee informed us about the boy seen begging on the road. Our team immediately reached and found that he belongs to the hostel,” said PI Bajirao Powar of SSB. Powar informed that it is not clear whether the boy was forced into begging by somebody or he chose to beg to get food.