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'Operation Milap': 333 children rescued this year

NEW DELHI: Under 'Operation Milap', Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of Crime Branch has rescued 333 children since January 1st this year. Most of these children have been rescued from bus stands, railway stations and other places in Delhi. Apart from rescuing children, AHTU has recovered 57 kidnapped, abducted, missing persons, while investigating cases registered in Delhi. Out of these recovered persons, 14 persons are minors and 37 are females. During the last week itself, the AHTU has recovered 15 persons who had been reported missing or kidnapped in Delhi.

Under the 'Operation Milap' scheme, AHTU carries out special drive to periodically check all the Bus stands, Railway stations, and other places in Delhi to look for unattended and stray children. Extensive help by NGOs is taken in the drive. The rescued children are counselled and also given requisite medical attention where ever so required. The AHTU also visits Children Homes across the city and makes an effort to track down the parents of children who may be lodged in these Children Homes but are unable to reveal much about their actual families or home addresses.

"The AHTU Crime Branch also takes help from the Delhi Police ZIPNET, the 'trackthemissingchild' website, Missing Persons Squad and also the 'Facial Recognition System' software installed in the SCRB, Kamla Market police station of the Crime Branch, Delhi," said Rajiv Ranjan, Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.

In most cases, the teams of AHTU Crime Branch had to conduct numerous raids outside Delhi, all over the country, to track and recover the missing or kidnapped person.

AHTU Crime Branch also works in close coordination with Ministry of Women and Child Development and under close supervision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. AHTU Crime Branch also holds regular meetings with the Delhi Commission for Women, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the Education Department of Delhi, the Juvenile Justice Committee and the Child Welfare Committees in Delhi.

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