5 runaway inmates of a Juvenile Home recovered
Darjeeling, October 9: The 5 runaway inmates of a Juvenile Home in Jalpaiguri were all recovered on Monday and were sent back to the Home.
On Sunday evening, the five had escaped from the Anubhav Juvenile Girls' Home located on Club Road in Jalpaiguri. The matter came to light at around 6 pm just before evening prayers. During routine roll call the five were found missing.
"As soon as the matter was brought to our notice we started conducting surprise checks in vehicles leaving town. We also alerted the Railway Childline so that the 5 could not escape by rail. The first inmate was recovered on Sunday night from the banks of the Korola river near JYMA Club in Jalpaiguri " stated Manabendra Das, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jalpaiguri.
The police then questioned her on the whereabouts of the other four.
The remaining 4 inmates were recovered on Monday from in and around Jalpaiguri town.
Rachna Bhagat, District Magistrate, Jalpaiguri stated, "The 5 had been brought to the Home recently. As the courts were closed for the puja vacation legal procedures could not be completed. Now that the courts are open the Child Welfare Committee members will complete the necessary legal procedures so that they can be sent back home to their families."
It has been learnt that out of the 5 inmates, 4 are from Jalpaiguri district and one from the Hooghly district. The girls are in the age group of 14 to 17 years.
"We have been running the Home for the past 13 years but such an incident had never occurred in the past. We are trying to find out as to why they ran away" stated Dipashree Rai of the Home.
The Home is run by the Jalpaiguri Mahila Kalyan Sangha and has 53 inmates at present.