Missing Karnal kids: Police suspect child-trafficking racket

TIMES OF INDIA

KARNAL: With more than 10 children reportedly missing in Karnal district over the last two months, the police suspect the role of a gang involved in human trafficking behind their disappearance.

The district police have received 10 complaints of missing children — four girls and six boys in the age group of two-and-a-half to 10 years. Four children have been traced while the remaining are still missing.

Officials running the children’s helpline, which was set up by the district administration to monitor the progress of cases of missing kids, also apprehend the involvement of a gang of child traffickers. Helpline counselor Bhawna Sharma said the plight of the parents whose children have gone missing was hard to put in words. “Even the manner in which the children have disappeared is startling. A few weeks back, a girl, Shalu, disappeared within minutes of her father halting his scooter at a gas station for refuel,” she told TOI.

Raj Kumar and his wife Kavita have been running from pillar to post during the last three months, trying to trace their missing daughter Kiran. The girl went missing from the ‘pakka pul’ (concrete bridge) on national highway-1 (NH-1) on the outskirts of Karnal and an FIR was registered at the Madhuban police station. Raj alleged, “All efforts to locate our daughter have proved futile. Even the police department has not done much in the case.”

Meanwhile, Karnal superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand maintained that the department was working to trace the missing children and had uploaded the details on its website. “The details of the missing children is regularly updated on the website so that anyone having any information about them could contact the department,” said the SP.

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