PO­LICE LAUNCH MUSKAAN 2 TO TRACE MISS­ING CHIL­DREN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUMBAI: The Navi Mumbai po­lice have launched ‘Op­er­a­tion Muskaan Ma­ha­rash­tra-2’ which will help re­unite chil­dren who have been kid­napped, are miss­ing, or left their homes. The city po­lice had great suc­cess dur­ing last year’s drive which saw sev­eral chil­dren re­u­nited with their fam­i­lies.

The month-long drive will in­volve post­ing pic­tures of chil­dren beg­ging on roads or work­ing in ho­tels on the web­site.

A sim­i­lar drive named Op­er­a­tion Smile had been con­ducted in Ut­tar Pradesh two years ago, fol­low­ing which the drive was ini­ti­ated in the state last year.

With the di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice, Ma­ha­rash­tra, too de­cid­ing the take up the drive, a high­level po­lice meet­ing was held re­cently at which the op­er­a­tion was planned.

The main ob­jec­tive of the drive is to col­lect and an­a­lyse in­for­ma­tion about chil­dren who have gone miss­ing, have eloped or were kid­napped since 2010 un­til date.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Dilip Sawant said, “We will be tak­ing pic­tures of chil­dren at city or­phan­ages, those with NGOs, or those found beg­ging at rail­way sta­tions, bus stops, traf­fic sig­nals, re­li­gious places hos­pi­tals etc. We will also pho­to­graph those do­ing odd jobs, sell­ing wares, rag pick­ers.”

“The pho­to­graphs along with the de­tails of the chil­dren will be posted on the web­site www.track­the­miss­ingchild.com . The drive will be con­ducted from June 1 to 30,” added Sawant.

“If any of the chil­dren whose de­tails are posted on the web­site are found, the is­sue will be for­warded to child wel­fare com­mit­tee of the state govern­ment to ver­ify the de­tails fol­low­ing which the child will be handed over to the par­ents,” said Sawant.

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