Hyderabad, Jan 24: As many as 250 children, including 10 girls from Bihar, who were forced to work as child labourers in hazardous industries were Sunday rescued from Old City here, police said.
The children were rescued during a massive cordon and search operation carried out by South Zone police in different areas of Old City, a senior police officer said.
"Keeping in view of IB alert ahead of Republic Day we carried out searches to nab habitual criminals. We found these children, aged between 8-13 years kept in rooms of some rowdies. They are being exploited for hazardous industries employmen," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Zone) V Satyanarayana told reporters.
Most of the children are from districts of Bihar including Gaya and these children were brought to the city after giving an advance ranging between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 from Bihar, the DCP said.
The operation was continuing. To keep a check on anti-social elements and to induce a sense of security among people Cyberabad and Hyderabad Police have been conducting massive search operations in different parts of the city for the past several months based on information that few pockets have turned out to be shelters for criminals like property offenders, snatchers and those indulging in other illegal activities.