Varanasi: In a significant development, the Varanasi police have made a major breakthrough in the recent series of child kidnapping cases that have plagued the city. Taking the lead from the circulation of a viral video capturing a child theft incident in the Bhelupur area, authorities sprang into action, resulting in the successful arrest of ten individuals, including three women, on charges of child trafficking.
The joint operation, led by the Surveillance and Crime Branch of Varanasi, culminated in the recovery of three minor children from the custody of the accused. Police investigations have revealed that the children were being stolen and subsequently sold to individuals in need, commanding prices ranging from two to five lakh rupees.
During interrogation, the arrested individuals, identified as members of a well-organized gang, disclosed their modus operandi. They admitted to systematically abducting small children and engaging brokers to sell them in states such as Rajasthan, Bihar, and Jharkhand. Commissioner of Police Mutha Ashok Jain, commended the entire team involved in apprehending the child-lifting suspects and announced a cash prize of Rs one lakh to honor their commendable efforts.
The joint operation involved police teams from multiple police stations, including Lanka, Cantt, and Bhelupur. The team comprised Inspector Ramakant Dubey, Inspector-in-charge of Bhelupur; Inspector Prabhukant, Inspector-in-charge of Cantt; Inspector-in-charge Ashwani Pandey; Sub-Inspector Anand Charasia; Chowki-in-charge Durgakund Bhelupur; Sub-Inspector Neeraj Kumar Ojha; Chowki-in-charge Mahmoorganj Bhelupur; Sub-Inspector Shivanand Shishoudia; Chowki-in-charge Nadesar Cantt; Sub-Inspector Hariom Singh Cantt; Sub-Inspector Mithilesh Kumar, Chowki in-charge Nagwa Lanka; Sub-Inspector Manoj Kumar Rajput, Bhelupur; Sub-Inspector Utkarsh Chaturvedi, Bhelupur; Sub-Inspector Shivam Srivastava, Bhelupur; Sub-Inspector Sriprakash Singh, Chowki in-charge Revdi Talab Bhelupur; Sub-Inspector Prabhakar Singh, Chowki in-charge Bajardiha Bhelupur; Constable Sachin Mishra, PS Cantt; Prem Shankar Patel, PS Cantt; Vipin Yadav, Bhelupur; Kapil Dev Maurya, Bhelupur; Hariom PS Bhelupur Rani Rao Bhelupur, Sumit Shahi Bhelupur, Sachin Singh Bhelupur, Vipin Yadav Bhelupur, Ravi Yadav Lanka, Deepak Bhelupur, and Neelam Gaud Bhelupur.
The effective operation stands as proof of Varanasi Police's unwavering dedication to protecting the well-being of the city's children. It conveys a powerful message to potential wrongdoers engaged in these dreadful acts that the authorities are fully devoted to capturing them and ensuring they face legal consequences. The children who were rescued will now have the opportunity to be reunited with their families, offering a ray of hope to those who have endured these deeply distressing incidents.