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Maharashtra: Palghar Police solves 104 cases, 106 missing or kidnapped children reunited in 2023

The Palghar Police in Maharashtra said that it solved 104 cases and 106 missing or kidnapped children were reunited in 2023, reported the PTI.

According to the police, a total of 104 cases of missing or kidnapped children in Vasai-Virar limits in Palghar district in 2023 have been solved, a police official said on Monday.

A total of 106 children involved in these 104 cases have been traced and reunited with their parents, Senior Inspector Santosh Chowdhari of the Nalasopara unit of the Anti Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) said, as per the PTI.

"These comprise 71 girls and 35 boys. In 2022, we solved 106 cases and traced 112 children, comprising 74 girls and 38 boys," he said, the news agency reported on Monday.

Since the formation of the Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar commissionerate, 298 such children have been traced and reunited with their parents, Chowdhari said.

Meanwhile, in November last year, Mumbai Police traced as many as 164 children in 12 hours after they went missing from various sea-fronts in the city during Chhath Puja celebrations, an official said, the PTI had reported in November.

The official had earlier said, the missing children were reunited with their family members.

The children, in the age group of 3 to 13 years, reportedly went missing from beaches in Juhu and Versova and in suburban Santacruz as devotees started gathering at these spots from evening till dawn, as per the PTI.

"More than 3.5 lakh devotees attended Chhath puja events in Juhu, Versova, and Santacruz," the official said.

He had said that the police had made necessary arrangements to ensure that no untoward incident occurred during celebrations.

At least 500 police constables and 125 officers were deployed for the security of devotees, he said, adding that traffic police ensured a smooth flow of vehicles.

The police control room received information about 88 children going missing in Santacruz, 75 in Juhu and one from Sagar Kutir at Versova beach, the official said.

"All the 164 missing children were traced and brought to local control rooms, set up temporarily. These children were reunited with their family members after their identity was established," he added.

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