Photo ex­hi­bi­tion helps trace 3 peo­ple

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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