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Rescued Naga children arrive home
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Jun. 2009 12:24 AM IST
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Altogether 24 Naga children in the age group of 8 to 15 years who were rescued by the Andhra Pradesh Police from the Evangelical Association for Revival Education (EARE) Ministry Harvest India located at Srinivasanagar, Miryalaguda, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh on June 2 arrived Dimapur Friday evening by the BG express. The rescued children were dropped till Guwahati by train, accompanied by four government officials of Andhra Pradesh led by one revenue officer. Officials of the Nagaland House, Guwahati then brought the children to Dimapur by BG express at around 7.30 pm from where they would be send to their home towns. It may be mentioned that the police have arrested one Ms. Asuina from Tamenglong and her husband who is a native of Rajasthan, in connection with the case. Ms. Asuina used to work as a teacher in Srinivasanagar Orphanage School at Miryalguda. Taking to Nagaland Post on the phone, Home Commissioner, Mhathung Kithan said that the children were taken by one Dr. Henri Rongmei and Ms. Sarah Tangkhul , both hailing from Tamenglong District in Manipur. The duo reportedly convinced pastor of the pastor of Liangmai Baptist Church of Samziuram village under Peren district, after which it was announced that the children would be provided with free food and education. The pastor was also assured that the scope for the children would be an option to pursue theological studies under the care and guidance of EARE, a Tenali based NGO under Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. However, the children were allegedly ill treated and were forced to do menial jobs. The home commissioner also said parents of the children who had gone to Andhra Pradesh found out that the children were being ill treated. He said that the EARE refused to hand over the children to the parents. He said that the state government on receiving complaint from the parents of the children, had requested the government of Andhra Pradesh to take immediate action. Mr Mhathung has lauded the government of Andhra Pradesh on behalf of the government of Nagaland for their swift action in rescuing the children and having them returned safely back to Nagaland.

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