Anand Marg denies allegation of abusing children

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Agartala, Jun 3: The Anand Marg today sharply reacted to the controversy of abusing poor tribal children of refugee camps of North Tripura by a section of activists in West Bengal.

Reports alleged that Marg activists had taken about 47 Reang children to its headquarters at Purulia in West Bengal and other places during 2002-03. The children were helpless as their parents found it difficult to look after them following their exodus to North Tripura in the wake of ethnic clashes in Mizoram in 1997.

The children were allegedly lured by the activists taking advantage of their helplessness.

However, the Marg activists said here that the children were taken to the homes to give them education and better life on the basis of the affidavits of their guardians.

''When we came to know about the FIR filed against a person called Birodamani Reang, accusing him of handing over the children to Anand Marg without the knowledge of their parents, we decided to cooperate with the police and restore the children to their guardians,'' Marg activists underlined.

Recently, a police team from Assam was sent to Purulia, which brought back 44 children to Hilakandi of South Assam, while the parents of other three decided to keep them in Anand Marg homes.

Twelve of the children here had been united with their parents, while the rest were under police care waiting for their guardians to come from North Tripura refugee camps to take them.

UNI

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