Photo exhibition helps trace 3 people
NAVI MUMBAI: An exhibition of photographs of missing people organised at Vishnudas Bhave auditorium, Vashi, helped the Navi Mumbai anti-human trafficking cell in solving three cases on Friday. The exhibition by the city police (zone I) was part of the Raising Day celebration and featured 138 photographs.
The Navi Mumbai police started the second phase of Operation Smile on January 1 to trace missing children. As part of the drive, police officers have been visiting children’s homes, orphanages, ashrams and other places searching for the lost children.
All three people were traced by Turbhe police in their jurisdiction on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the first case, the missing people were a mother-daughter duo. They have been identified as Poonam Naikwada, 27, and her daughter Prarthana, 5. They went missing from Nerul MIDC on June 1 last year.
In the second case, Nagappa Bonpata, 45, a resident of Uran, went missing around 15 days ago. He, too, was traced in Turbhe on Thursday.
“Although these people had been traced in the past two days, the Operation Smile team was not aware of this fact. They learnt about it only at the exhibition held at Vashi on Friday,” said a police officer from Turbhe police station.
Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police (crime) said, “Our officials are working to find out as many missing people as possible, and we hope to achieve a big success by this month end.”
Operation smile is a Central government initiative to trace missing children, and its first phase was conducted in early 2015.
Navi Mumbai police commissioner Prabhat Ranjan said, “We have given our officials the relevant Act pertaining to children, and steps that need to be taken to find missing children.”
Navi Mumbai police officers at the photo exhibition on Friday.