Sharmili Mallick

Malkangiri: As many as 22 minors including girls were rescued by the Childline officials while allegedly being trafficked to outside the State in Malkangiri district on Thursday.

All the children belonged to Kurumapali village under Mathili block in the district, reports said.

Acting on a tip off, officials of the Malkangiri Childline intercepted three vehicles in Padia area and rescued the minors. The child labourers were being trafficked to Andhra Pradesh, Chennai and other parts of the country, said the officials.

“All the rescued children are orphans and have been sent to the children’s home after being produced before Child Welfare Committee (CWC). We will intimate the matter to the concerned district administration and Labour Officer,” informed Chairman of Malkangiri CWC, Ashok Patnaik.

Police have begun investigation into the incident to arrest those involved in the crime.