Police trace missing children who went out to ‘explore’ city
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A case of alleged kidnapping of six minor children, which sent police into a tizzy, ended in relief for the parents after all of them were found following what was an outing by them to "explore" the city on their own.
Police on Wednesday said they had rescued six minors in a span of 12 hours, after the children had gone missing from their homes in Uttam Nagar, West Delhi. Police said on Tuesday six cases of kidnapping had been registered at the Uttam Nagar police station on Tuesday, when they were informed about the children going missing.
DCP(West) Ranvir Singh said police had followed the standard operating procedure and uploaded the photographs of the missing children on ZipNet — police's online database.
Police said teams had been sent to bus depots and railway stations with photographs and asked to look for the missing children.
"Our teams looked for the children in marketplaces, temples and schools. One of our team members found a missing child in the Tilak Nagar market. The child helped us trace other missing children, who were in the same area. They had stepped out of their house to visit malls and got late. So, they were afraid to go home. They spent the night in a local park and had food from a gurdwara," Singh said.
All the children belong to families staying in Uttam Nagar. They used to play together and had left their homes on Monday night to see malls, cinema halls and other places of interest in the New Delhi area.
Earlier, five teams from Uttam Nagar police station were constituted to find the children with the search operation closely monitored by senior law enforcement officials.
"Details of the children were shared with the Missing Persons Squad, National Crime Record Bureau, State Crime Record Bureau, District Missing Persons Unit and everybody was requested to help in the search," Singh said.