KOLKATA: 19 minors from Odisha who were lodged in various shelter homes across Bengal made their way to Bhubaneswar on Sunday to unite with their parents.
The minors —13 boys and 6 girls were rescued following a joint investigation by the Odisha Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Bengal CID.
CID sources said that these children were sheltered in homes of West Midnapore, Purulia, Burdwan, Howrah and Kolkata.
The Odisha team reached the city on July 27 and have been on the recovery job for 15 days with full support from their Bengal counterparts.
"They had left the city by Janashatabdi Express from Howrah on Sunday at 2.20 pm," said Nishat Pervez, DIG, CID (operations).
The state CID has done a commendable job in the month-long Operation Muskaan III that was rolled out throughout the country from July 1 to 31. A total of 818 children were recovered from different places of Bengal and also from other states among which 557 children were united with their families. "The remaining 261 have been kept in different shelter homes," a senior CID officer said adding that all these children are minors who went missing in 2015 and 2016.
"Most of these children hailed from poor families. The CID coordinated with the district police and after a lot of hard work the recoveries were made from different railway stations, bus terminuses, markets and mall areas," the CID official added.
Thirty eight children of the state were traced at homes in Odisha while 89 were traced from Maharashtra.