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60 children still remain untraced M’pur: Police
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 23:
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 10:38 PM IST
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Sixty children who went missing since the early part of 2008 still remain untraced. They were reportedly recruited as child soldiers by different militant groups, according to a record maintained by the Manipur police.
The report, produced by the Manipur police at the inaugural session of a three-day training programme for the police officers of Imphal East district police on Thursday, indicates rescued of 246 children of the state from being trafficked.
Seventy-two children were rescued in 2008-09, 76 in 2009-10 and 98 in 2010-11 till March. They were rescued by police, NGOs and other civil societies, the report stated.
The programme opened today for the police officers of Imphal east district was part of a series of training programme conducting in the state for the police personnel.
DIGP (HQ) Clay Khongsai, who is looking after the additional charge of Imphal East district, said all districts of Manipur were affected by human trafficking. Children are the most vulnerable group as they were trafficked for bonded labour as well as child soldiers by militants group.
Police needs people’s cooperation in effective control of this human trafficking menace, he said, asserting a more effective role of the police.
All district police have been asked to be alert in responding to human trafficking cases, he added.
In his inaugural address to the training programme, DIGP (armed police)-1 S Manglemjao divided the mode of illegal trafficking into three categories as Drug Trafficking, Armed Smuggling and Human Trafficking and asserted it as a rare case for a state facing all these cases at a time.
Manipur has been facing drug abuse problem since 1970, he said and added that probably three truck loads of SP (Spasmo Proxyvon)-capsule are being abused in a day by the youth.
Twentyfive police officers of various ranks from ASI to DSP are participating in the training programme with K Saroja Devi of state Social Welfare Department as resource person. He spoke on the topic “Human Trafficking- Magnitudes, Dimensions Emerging Trends and Challenges”.

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