Over 20 cases of kidnapping from rly stations so far this year
New Delhi: In order to find vulnerable children in the Capital, kidnappers often move around in various places and then select children to be targetted.
Railway stations is such place and since 2017, the Railway unit of Delhi Police has registered more than 40 cases of kidnapping, of which 24 cases have been solved.
The investigating agency claimed that within railway premises, kidnappers often search for children who are isolated or whose families are asleep.
After finding such kids, they strike at an opportune moment and flee with the kids.
Police have intensified their awareness drives as well as patrolling duties in railway jurisdiction to curb these cases.
Data from Delhi Police about kidnapping cases within railway premises claims that in 2017, 26 cases were reported of which 13 were solved. This year, 21 cases have so far been reported of which cops have solved 11.
"Most cases were reported from New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations," claims the police data.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railway) Dinesh Kumar Gupta claimed that there are various reasons for kidnapping of the children.
Keeping this in mind, railway police has intensified patrolling in its jurisdiction, which successfully led to the arrest of many criminals and rescue of many children.
"After finding a child with a family, some accused try to get friendly with the family and after getting the right, opportunity they flee with the kid," said the police officer.
Furthermore, over 130 suspicious persons were booked by the city police under the Delhi Police Act after they were unable to show railway tickets to the law enforcement agency.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights guidebook for creating a Child-Friendly and Protective Environment for Children in Contact with Railways claims that every five minutes, a child arrives alone at the major railway stations in India.