TIMES OF INDIA
NEW DELHI/Ghaziabad: Twenty-three abducted children were rescued from Amar Colony and Sonia Vihar on Wednesday. Five men have been arrested for plotting their abduction from Ghaziabad and east Delhi. The children were either employed as workers in roadside stalls and zari units or as domestic helps. “They were forced to work for over 12 hours everyday. They did not get paid and were often ill-treated. We are investigating the role of the arrested who may be involved in trafficking,” said Ajay Chaudhry, additional commissioner of police (southeast). Two NGOs – Bacchpan Bacchao Andolan and Shakti Vahini helped the cops rescue the children.
Among the 23 children, four were rescued from a zari factory in Sonia Vihar. They are in the age group of 8-10. Natives of Katihar district in Bihar, these kids were brought here by one of the accused, Junaid, who forced them to work in his factory. One of the kids said he was paid only Rs 1,000 in seven months. The other three were not paid a single penny. They were compelled to work for long hours. Whenever they expressed the desire of going home they were rebuked.
The accused have been booked under the Juvenile Justice Act, the Child Labour Act and the Bonded Labour Act. Junaid and four others are now lodged at Sonia Vihar police station. After medical investigation, the children were given shelter at the DMRC Salam Balak Trust Home at Nirmal Chaya Complex. The 19 children rescued from Amar Colony have also been sent to the Nirmal Chhaya home. “We have served notices to their employers,” said a police officer. Among the arrested, four are employed in the Sahibabad area. “They would collect information about businessmen whose children travelled alone to educational institutes. They have been identified as Arif from Kavi Nagar, Kuldeep from Bulandshahr and Vinod and Bhola from Ghaziabad. Kuldeep has been involved in other criminal cases,” said SSP (Ghaziabad) Raghuvir Lal.
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