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Three missing Chhattisgarh girls rescued from Uttar Pradesh

RAIPUR: Three girls of Chhattisgarh, who went missing on September 3, have been rescued from Allahabad and the police arrested a youth who took them to dance in parties.

According to Telibanda police, accused Chanchal Tiwari, hailing from Raipur lured a minor girl of marriage and eloped with her to Allahabad, where he pushed her into dancing business in lavish parties.

Police team was sent to Allahabad to rescue the minor girl where they found two more girls of Chhattisgarh who were earlier taken to Uttar Pradesh by the same accused, police said.

Chanchal was arrested on Friday and the girls who belong to poor families were sent for counselling with family members.

Going by the police data, over 140 people went missing from Raipur in last eight months of more than 50 per cent are minor girls while in last 13 months the appalling figure reads around 850 missing who are still untraceable.

Shocking figures of steep rise in people going missing has been recorded in city in last few years with 274 missing in 2009, 367 in 2010. 634 in 2011, 715 in 2012, 1481 in 2013 and 850 in 2014. Of these approximately 2621 are still missing.

In July alone 30 persons went missing from city which included both women and girls. Khamtari, Civil Lines and Telibandha areas recorded maximum persons missing.

State’s missing children cell has also turned to be a damp squib which neither receives much of the cases nor do they send teams to other cities. Reports have come to the fore where parents and families allege that despite making several rounds of police stations, police doesn't respond properly. They also resist going to other cities in search even though state's women and child development has sanctioned over Rs 10 lakh to each district for rescue operations of missing and trafficked persons.

Admitting that Chhattisgarh has been grazing ground for touts and placement agencies involved in human trafficking, a senior police official said that earlier it was only minors from remote areas but now girls and boys of big cities were also being targeted.

Officials also claim that maximum persons going missing are young boys and girls who elope from home to marry or spend a life in freedom in other cities and they return married. Police claims it on the basis of recent cases when parents of two girls in Bhawaninagar reported abduction complaint at police station against two youths in the same colony who were also not seen anywhere. Later after two months, they returned as couples.

According to national crime bureau records, country witnesses abduction of one minor each eight minutes and girls from Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha are mainly targeted.