Haridwar August 21
Ten cases of child disappearance and kidnapping have come to light in the border areas of Haridwar and Dehradun like Hari Pur Kalan, Bhoopatwala, Sapt Rishi and Himalayan Colony. Though the Haridwar police says that four minor children have disappeared from the district, it refuses to confirm that more such cases have occurred in border areas of Dehradun like Hari Pur Kalan.
Notably, three days ago, the police recovered a minor child, who was kidnapped from Haridwar, from Saharanpur and arrested two members of the gang involved in the racket. The gang used to change
its hideout after kidnapping a child. People in Haridwar are living in fear and they are either accompanying their children to school and back home or are not sending them to school. SP, Haridwar, Kiran Lal Shah held a meeting of police officials of different cells on the issue at the CCR Tower today. Shah told The Tribune that in view of the gravity of the situation a police team had been formed and it would report to him every two days about the children kidnap cases. The team would be led by circle officer Ajay Singh and would comprise in-charges of all police stations and check posts falling in sensitive areas, the anti-child trafficking cell and the local intelligence unit.
Meanwhile, schools in the areas have asked parents to accompany their children or authorise one person, particularly a relative, who will receive the child after school time. “Earlier, my two children, who are studying in Gayatri Vidyapeeth, Shantikunj, used to go to school on their own but now I accompany them in the morning. Their mother goes to pick them up after school time in the afternoon. It is a serious matter as usually a child goes with others on their insistence,” said Uday Ram Semwal, a Hari Pur Kalan resident.

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