Operation Muskaan: Noida police reunites 86 missing children with their families

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NOIDA: A 12-year old Rohit had left his house in Jahangirpuri in Delhi for a neighbourhood school on July 14. There is a railway track between his house and school and he needed to cross it every day. Armed with his school bag, the class V student reached the railway crossing and found a train stationed at the track, perhaps due to no signal.

Since he was getting late for school, he decided to cross the track by passing through the train’s coach. However, as soon as he got inside the coach, the train started moving. He tried to get down from the moving train in a hurry but some passengers stopped him for safety. The boy did not know what train it was but soon he reached Gwalior. There, a Good Samaritan found him shattered at the railway platform and put him in a shelter home. A team of Noida police visited there in search of missing children on July 26 and reunited him with his family.

On Wednesday Noida police and district administration held a press conference and shared the details of 86 missing kids who were united with their family members under Operation Muskaan III conducted from July 1-31.

Dharmendra Singh, an IPS officer and former SSP of Ghaziabad, had conceived the idea of tracing the missing children and launched Operation Smile in 2015. The programme received wide acclamation and the Government of India adopted this exercise.

Noida SSP Love Kumar said that the police formed 22 teams from different police stations and dispatched them to Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Gwalior, Ambala, Bikaner, Ludhiyana, Jaipur, Kota, Rohtak, Dehradun, Haridwar, Saharanpur, Muzaffarpur, Meerut, Ghaziabad and other parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The police officials visited different shelter homes and orphanages, railway stations and hotels in search of missing children. The officials scanned cities which are directly connected to Noida through roadways or railways.

“We received information that in many cases children boarded the buses and trains and went to other cities. We reunited a total of 86 missing children with their families. Of these, we found 28 children who had gone missing from our district,” Kumar said.

Pawan (8), a resident of Badoli village in Knowledge Park police station area also went missing on April 21, 2017. He said that he had gone outside with his bicycle to play. “An unknown person snatched my bicycle and fled away. I got scared that my family will get angry. I fled from the house and came to Noida. Here someone put me inside a shelter-home till the police team approached me and united with my family members on July 27,” he said.

B N Singh, district magistrate, said that the administration will fund education of these children who are residents of Noida. “We have also asked the district labour department to check the list of these children and their family members. They will be given financial helps through government schemes if they are financially poor,” he said.

FXB Suraksha-Childline, an NGO working for child rights, also supported the police in the Operation. IG Meerut Ram Kumar and Noida Authority CEO Amit Mohan Prasad also joined the programme and appreciated police work.

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