ITANAGAR, Aug 9: The Child Welfare Committee, Capital Complex, has said that two cases of kidnapping of children have surfaced.
One of the children, an eight-year-old girl, was kidnapped from Guwahati and later sold to a family in Itanagar.
Assam Police officer Kangkan Mahanta, who was in Itanagar in connection with the case, said the police have not been able to trace the girl so far.
Her father lodged a kidnapping case against one Md Rafique Ali, who was later arrested. The police said the accused has confessed that the girl was sold to a family in Itanagar.
The search to trace the missing child is on.
“In another case, an eight-year-old was kidnapped from Pasighat, and her whereabouts is still not known,” said Kani Nada Maling, the chairperson of the committee.
The girl and her brother were kidnapped on 1 August from Pasighat. The brother, who was found crying in Nirjuli by Tempo drivers (who handed over the child to the police), has since been returned to the family. But the sister remains untraceable.
Maling has appealed to the people to come forward with information, and released the photograph of one of the children.
She also cautioned the people of the state not to “buy” children.
“Human trafficking is a serious offence, and those who buy children will suffer serious consequences,” Maling said.