Raipur: The Raigarh police has achieved a major achievement in the year 2020, rescuing as many as 149 missing minors and reuniting them with their families under its “Operation Muskaan”.
Due to the corona pandemic, the police teams were not sent for investigation and tracing minors for a long time. Keeping this in view, the operation Muskaan campaign was continued uninterrupted by Superintendent of Police Raigarh Santosh Singh in which the district Police has achieved considerable success. Missing minors from various districts of the states including Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka, and Delhi have been successfully rescued by the teams formed under the campaign.
To pace up the work of investigation of missing minor SP Santosh Singh appointed Raigarh Additional SP Abhishek Verma as a nodal officer and Deputy Superintendent of Police IUCAW Garima Dwivedi as assistant nodal officer to conduct a serious investigation for tracing each missing minor. This year 28 missing minors have been rescued by Kotwali and Jute mill police, 18 by Kotra Road police, 15 by Sarangarh police, 12 by Kharsia police, 11 by Dharamjaigarh police, 10 each by Baramkela and Chakradharanagar police.
The number of missing minors and pending cases of lost minors include 132 girls and 17 boys. Due to the corona pandemic, most of the minors were stranded in other states, who were rescued safely by the police teams and bought back home reuniting them with their families. Besides, strict action has been taken against the accused, and people indulged in ruining the childhood of these innocent minors have not been spared by the police. In many cases, as per the statement of victims, cases have been registered under the POSCO Act, and the accused have been arrested accordingly.