Three teenaged boys go missing from shelter home

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2018 11:49:59



Staff Reporter


The incident of three teenaged boys going missing from Sankalp Shelter Home, situated at Kailash Residency in Shankar Nagar, one of the posh localities in State capital Raipur have raised several eyebrows. Subsequently alleged apathy of police towards such a sensitive case is also come to fore. While Civil Lines police registered a case of kidnapping after disappearance of the boys on Monday (July 9) night, the shelter home staff narrated a different story altogether when this correspondent visited the spot on Wednesday.

In contradiction to the case filed by the police, the shelter home said that the boys had run away by breaking an iron grill of the bathroom on the second floor of the building. The boys used a rope to climb down the backside wall of the building. However, the narrow passage the boys had created by breaking a piece of iron bar of the grill seems very difficult to pass through in the first look. One of the staff, Rajesh Gupta, who takes care of the maintenance department and some other activities at the shelter home, said that the boys had come to the shelter home some ten days ago under the rescue scheme of the Government. These children stay on temporary basis in the home for brief period of time. All the missing three boys are between the age group of 14 and 17.

While staffers of the shelter home who went to lodge the complaint of the missing boys in the police station alleged that they had to sit in the police station from morning till night to file a First Information Report. Meanwhile, localites, who were in shock after hearing the news of missing boys, told this newspaper alleging that the children in the shelter home were being tortured. How could they break the grill when they cannot even take a needle inside the building with them. ASI Harishchandra Mishra, who is investigating the case, said that a case under Section 363 has been filed in the case. As per Supreme Court order, Section of kidnapping is applicable in case of missing of minors and all the three boys are in their 14 and 17, said the ASI. The ASI further said that these boys were rescued under the drive and taken to the shelter home. The boys hail from Bihar and Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. “We are writing to the police of the respective areas to know if the boys have reached their homes,” said the ASI. The ASI rejected the allegation of torture with the boys. Women and Child Development Director Rajesh Rana did not available for comments when contacted over phone.