33 children rescued from Allahabad station
Thirty-three children, believed to have been taken and trafficked to Delhi and the Punjab, were rescued from the Allahabad railway junction on Friday and 11 people were arrested by police, officials said. Juvenile court magistrate Md Hasan Zaidi said the children belong to Bihar and West Bengal and were rescued from the special northeast train at the station.
“The children are with us and their protection and well-being will be taken care of by us (Child Protection Committee),” he said, adding that their parents will be informed and that after verification, they will be returned to them. The committee will also deal with their rehabilitation, Zaidi said.
The action was taken on a letter from Bachapan Bachao Andolan and the children were rescued by staff from the Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Protection Force and the Railway Child Line, did he declare.
“Eleven people were taken into custody. When questioned, they said some had been taken to madrasas for education and others to Ludhiana for weaving work,” Zaidi said.
However, all educational institutions are closed due to Covid and the GRP has been asked to investigate the case, the magistrate said.
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