Odisha police rescues 122 missing children

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police has rescued at least 122 children including one girl child missing from Jammu and Kashmir in past fortnight as part of its Operation Smile-II programme launched on January 1, 2016.

The operation launched in the state with joint efforts of Odisha Police and Women and Child Development Department to rescue and rehabilitate the missing children.

For first two weeks, the focus was within the state and so far 122 missing children have been rescued and handed over either to their legal guardians or sent to Child Care Institutions, they said.

“One girl child missing from Jammu and Kashmir was rescued by police at Delang in Puri district and another child from Madhya Pradesh was rescued from Sundargarh district. They were handed over to their respective states,” Additional Director General (ADG) Crime, B K Sharma said adding that the this operation will continue in the state till January 31.

However, the focus from January 15 to January 31 will be outside the State, Sharma said.

He informed that ten police teams along with representatives from W&CD Department have been formed and left for different destination states like, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.