Ghaziabad: The district police has rescued 254 missing children since January 1 till date under the ‘OperationSmile’ initiative.
ASP Vipin Tada, nodal officer of the programme said that ‘Operation Smile’ was re-launched this year after the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
A total of 14 teams of Ghaziabad police have been deputed as part of the programme to search the missing children of Uttar Pradesh reported in the various police stations, he said.
The teams have rescued 254 missing children from January 1 till 17 from various cities including Mumbai, Kanpur, Meerut, Lucknow,Sharanpur and others, Tada said.
OperationSmile was re-launched nationwide for the second time this year and fifth time in Ghaziabad.
“We trace the family members of rescued children after getting their whereabout details and reunite them with their parents,” Tada said.
The police said that two children named Riya (9) of Meerut and Raju (15), a native of Belada of district Haridwar in Uttarakhand were rescued today.
Tada said that the parents of both the children have been informed.
The police teams have rescued 970 children from various places in India in four phases of ‘OperationSmile’ that was started by Ghaziabad police in 2015.