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Priti Nath Jha,TNN | Feb 5, 2014, 03.35 AM IST
MUZAFFARPUR: Ten child workers, aged between 6 and 16, who had been rescued from different places of north Bihar during the last one month, escaped from the Bal Raksha Grih (child protection home) of Sikandarpur area here during the early hours of Sunday, according to an FIR lodged with the Town police station on Tuesday. The boys have not been traced so far.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, chairman of District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Sanjay Bhai said the committee has ordered the handing over of all these boys to their parents or legal guardians at the earliest but before that the children managed to run away.
The court of the committee has asked the protection home management to report to the committee about the whereabouts of the children within the next 36 hours. As the children belonged to East Champaran and Sheohar districts also, the police of these two districts have also been contacted to visit the houses of those children and also from places from where they have been rescued.
Altogether 33 boys were living in Sikandarpur's Bal Grih, the only such aftercare home in north Bihar. Now, only, 23 are left with the home. CWC chairman has requested the welfare department's child protection unit to be more vigilant in this matter and take more stringent measures to avert further escape.
Sources revealed that four girl children had also escaped from a protection home from Muzaffarpur last month and only one of them later returned. The fate of the rest three girls, aged about 10 to 12 is still not known. The welfare department has shifted all the girls from the protection centre of Muzaffarpur to Patna.