Odisha police who launched operation ‘Muscan’ to trace out the missing children after a series of observations by law courts has claimed success in identifying and rescuing several children.
But the few cases in Bolangir where it failed was most heart touching – that of a missing girl and a disabled boy.
Sapna Saraf, a six year old girl of Kukudahandi village went missing last October and a disabled boy Ramesh Naik, 13 has also been missing. The operation smile has till date failed to locate these two kids.
Sapna Saraf had been with her father to enjoy the ‘ravana dahan’ event during Dussehra last year and got lost in the crowd. A complaint was lodged by her parents who had hoped that the police will find her.
Nine months have passed and two phases operation smile have been completed without being able to find Sapna.
The other case is that of a physically challenged 13 year old Ramesh Naik. He lost both his hand and was last seen at Kantabanji railway station. The complaint registered by his parents is pending. When asked the inspector in charge of Kantabanji police station Jotirmaya Bhukta, confirmed the missing report but observed that the boy may have boarded a train to Raipur or Bilaspur on his own.
Our inquiry reveals that he had taken to begging and was often at the railway station, he added. Child Welfare Committee members here said, “It is said that the kids have not been traced. They also said that more needs to be done to search for such children”. Reliable sources said 19 children have been rescued in the district in the operation smile effort. Officials here were not able to provide the figures.