Bhopal: In a joint operation with Childline and Women and Child Development Department officers, Jahangirabad and Ashoka Garden Police in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, have busted gangs of child traffickers. The suspects belong to Hyderabad and Kanpur and forced children to beg.
Police arrested 7 men and 18 women in the raid. The administration feared that such gangs could be active in other areas of the city also.
The team rescued 26 children and arrested 3 men and 9 women from CI Colony area under Jahangirabad police station and rescued 18 children and arrested 4 men and 7 women from Ashoka Garden area.
Kids were held captive
Those arrested from CI Colony said that they had brought the children from Hyderabad two months ago. The kids were held captive in two rooms and forced to beg.
All the kids were made to look like handicapped children and were forced to beg. The children recovered from Ashoka Garden were also in a similar situation. Tricycles were seized from their possession. They had come to Bhopal from Hyderabad a few months back. The children were in the 3-15 age group.
Rescued children kept in hostel
Commissioner Kalpana Shrivastava said that members of two gangs have been taken into custody in the case. The children rescued from these gangs have been kept in the Scheduled Tribes Hostel located at Shyamla Hills, where food has been arranged along with their health tests.
So far, about 500 children have been found begging from various places. Under the Khushhaal Naunihal Abhiyan work plan, the work of health, education and rehabilitation of these children is in progress.