Rescued children from Sikkim arrive at Kokrajhar 

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HT Correspondent 

KOKRAJHAR, July 25: The 42 rescued children from Sikkim are being kept at Prasanti Lodge in Kokrajhar amid a strict security vigil and observation. These children were reportedly trafficked by some persons in the pretext of giving jobs. The rescued children, including a six-year boy, hail from the remote Runikhata area of Chirang district and were rescued in a joint operation of Assam and Sikkim police. The children arrived at Kokrajhar on Wednesday and have been under police observation since then.

On Friday, the chief minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma also interacted with the rescued children in Guwahati. “The children are being kept in a healthy environment at the lodge,” said a police officer.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Kokrajhar Malati Rani Narzary expressed her grave concern over the increasing crime activities on women and girls among the society. She maintained that off-late incidents of crimes against women and girls are increasing in the state. She has urged the state government to take strict steps in this direction to check the same. Further, she lamented the administration’s move of keeping the children at a lodge in Kokrajhar, and said, “The rescued children must be kept at a government recognised home or centre under the supervision of CWC or district child protection unit.”

BTC executive member for social welfare department Gautam Das informed that the rescued children are being kept at Prasanti Lodge where the engaged officials from the district administration are looking after them properly. He said that the BTC administration and state government are jointly initiating strong steps against the human trafficking incidents across the region.

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