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GUWAHATI: The Guwahati Childline discovered that all the 24 trafficked minor boys from Assam — who were rescued in Tamil Nadu on Monday — hail from the North Cachar Hills district. Dipen Kalita, Centre Coordinator of Childline, told The Hindu that they have received a list containing the names and addresses of the boys from the Director of the Tirunelveli Childline in Tamil Nadu. “Going by the addresses given in the list, all the 24 boys hail from the N.C. Hills district. One of them is 15 while the rest are in the age group of six to 14. We will approach the N.C. Hills police for assistance in tracing the parents, and if required, we will network with local NGOs in reaching out to the families,” Mr. Kalita said.
He said the organisation would also place the list before the Child Welfare Committee of the Social Welfare department on Saturday. Mr. Kalita said the immediate concern of the Guwahati Childline was to bring the children here at the earliest and initiate measures to repatriate them with their families. Two Delhi-based NGOs — Shakti Vahini and Vikalp Dhara — that are fighting the trafficking menace sent a memorandum to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urging him to order the Social Welfare department to send a team to Tamil Nadu to ensure safe repatriation and trauma counselling.