After successful implementation of ‘Operation Smile 02’ in January, the Pune railway police is all set to start ‘Operation Muskaan’ which involves tracing missing and destitute children. The operation will start from next Friday and will last for a month.
Armed with people from the railway police, non-government organisations, correction homes, child development, locals and blended with the use of technology, the Pune railway police is positive about the successful implementation of the programme.
During ‘Operation Smile 02’, the railway police were successful in reuniting 63 children with their families and sending 22 children to various children homes.
Speaking at a press conference at Railway police headquarters in Khadki on Saturday, Superintendent of Railway Police, Pune Division Vishwa Pansare said that the railways connect the whole nation and many children go missing while travelling. “Some children who plan to escape use railways as a mode to do so and hence, implementation of ‘Operation Muskaan’ in our jurisdiction becomes important,” he said.
“During this month, specially trained police teams will screen all children residing in shelter homes, railway platforms, bus stands near railway stations and other places. They will also extract required information from these children tactfully and then would try to connect them with their respective families,” added Pansare.
The main aim of the programme was to prevent child trafficking and rescue children from persons who tried to engage them in begging, sexual trade and other anti-social activities.
Assistant Police Inspector Savita Dhanvat said that from 2012, till date, the railway police are yet to search for 9 missing children on their list. “We were successful in finding two missing children on our missing list in the last four years,” added Dhanvat.
Pune Railway Police Inspector Abhay Parmar said that they have to strengthen their ground network during this month.
The superintendent has appealed to people to come forward and help them in their initiative. The information about missing children can be sought from http://trackthemissingchild.gov.in.
– A 12-year-old boy was found in the Pune railway police’s jurisdiction. The boy was unaware of his address and other details. After investigating further, police found out that the boy’s father stays in Ratnagiri. The boy was handed over to his father.
– A 12-year-old girl was found begging near Pune station. After investigation, the police found that she was working as a maid at the home of a retired assistant commissioner of police. The girl was immediately connected with her family in Jharkhand.