The issue of missing children is being probed-Nitish

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Patna, Mar 3 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that police was investigating into all the aspects regarding 304 children missing since 2003.

Intervening into the reply to a question of LJP member Mr Maheshwar Singh in the state Assembly, Mr Kumar said that FIR had been lodged in different police stations regarding the missing children.

Keeping in mind the infamous Nithari case, the senior police officers had been asked to investigate extensively into all the aspects of missing children, Mr Kumar added.

Mr Kumar maintained that the government was sensitive towards the issue and any thing concrete could be said only after getting the informations about the missing children.

He further disclosed that abductions for ransom were declining in the state.

Earlier, replying to the question on behalf of the government, Bihar Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav admitted that 74 missing children had been killed during 2003- 2007 while 304 were still traceless.

Giving the details of the abductions he said, of the total 1948 abductions in 2002, 356 were kidnapped for ransom while in 2003 of the total 1956 abductions, 335 were kidnapped for ransom. Similarly in 2004, of the total 2566 abductions, 411 were for ransom. In 2005 of the total number of 2226 abductions, 251 were for ransom. In 2003 the abduction figure stood at 2301 in which 194 people were kidnapped for ransom whereas 2092 abductions were registered in 2007 of which 79 were related to ransom, he added.

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