A district and sessions court ordered SSP South Nasir Aftab to form a joint investigation team to probe the recovery of 11 children from a begging ring. Judicial magistrate South, Hatim Aziz Solangi, asked the SSP to help unfold the factual position and investigate the case from all possible angles.
The Docks police had recently busted a gang of kidnappers and rescued 11 children who were forced into begging. The police arrested two alleged captors in a raid at their hideout in Upper Gizri on July 16. The children reportedly hail from different regions of the country and were said to be abducted from Punjab and parts of Sindh specifically for begging.
The investigation of the case has been transferred from the Docks police to the Clifton police as the hideout lies in the latter’s jurisdiction.
The judge directed the investigation officer (IO) to handover the children to their parents against a surety as they were witnesses in the case and would be needed to appear before the court. The judge also directed the IO to locate the guardians of all the children.
In the meantime, the children were sent to Darul Aman. The alleged ringleaders, Amir and Babu, were remanded to police custody till July 22.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2013.