GUWAHATI: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway successfully rescued 31 minor boys and girls from different stations in different drives and checks conducted between September 10 and September 13.
The rescued minors were later handed over to their respective parents/guardians, Childline/NGO for their safe custody and further course of action, stated a press release.
In a drive conducted on September 13 against human trafficking, unauthorized hawking, begging etc., at the Katihar Railway Station, RPF rescued five runaway minor boys. On the same day, RPF of New Coochbehar conducted a drive against human trafficking at New the Coochbehar Railway Station. During the drive, they rescued one minor boy who did not seem to be in his right frame of mind and was missing from home. Again on the same day, RPF Quick Response Team of Rangiya conducted checking at Rangiya Railway Station and rescued one runaway minor boy.
In several incidents on September 12, RPF rescued five minors from different railway stations. On that day, RPF of Katihar (East), while checking under operation 'Nanhe Faristey' at the Katihar Railway Station, rescued two minor boys begging at the station area. RPF staff and CIB team of Guwahati while checking at the Guwahati Railway Station jointly with member of Railway Child Line, Guwahati, rescued two runaway minor boys. RPF staff of New Jalpaiguri, while checking at the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, rescued one runaway minor girl.
Moreover, RPF of NF Railway also rescued 19 minors during different drives and checking conducted on September 10 and September 11 at the Katihar, Agartala, Hasimara and Falakata stations.
RPF train escort parties and staff deployed at stations have been alerted and sensitized to be vigilant and on the lookout for suspected persons involved in human trafficking as well as the movement of children in a suspicious manner, travelling alone, without proper guardian etc. A new initiative under "Meri Saheli" has been launched over NF Railway and functioning round the clock to make aware women/child passengers about the safety/security and use of Helpline No 139 in case of any exigency.