NAINITAL: The district police have constituted six teams to locate children who went missing from 2000 to 2014. The step is part of the 'Operation Smile' undertaken by the state police to trace and rescue missing kids. As per the official figures, 30 minors have been reported missing during this time period from different parts of the district. 

'Operation Smile' was launched by the state police in all 13 districts after a seven-year-old girl went missing from Haldwani and was found raped and murdered after five days in November last year. "The search operation for missing children will be conducted within the state which will further extend to the neighbouring states. All teams will be coordinating closely for better results," said Santhil Abudai, senior superintendent of police, Nainital district. 

Out of the total 30 missing children, 20 were boys and 10 were girls. Ramanagar and Haldwani recorded the maximum number of missing children with 10 each, followed by Lalkuan with three, Kaladhungi with two and Chorgalia, Mallital, Kathgodam with one. One of the cases were also reported to the government railway police in Kathgodam. 

The abduction, rape and brutal murder of the seven-year-old in Haldwani sent shivers down the spine of the government and people of Uttarakhand. After a public interest litigation was filed in the case, the state high court also ordered the police to come up with the list of all missing minors from 2000 to 2014. 

The police department has also instructed all schools in the district to come up with special operation procedure which will draw guidelines in case of an emergency. 

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