28 rescued children flown to Leh to hand them over to parents

Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 15:43

Jammu: Six members of an NGO were
arrested for allegedly kidnapping as many as 28 minor victims
of the Leh cloudburst who were rescued here and handed over to
their families, police said on Monday.

According to the police, members of `Sunehara Kal` had
held captive the children, including four girls, for religious
conversion.

Six members of the NGO, including its chairman Vikas
Sharma, were arrested after the police conducted a raid at a
hostel rented at Dograhall area here on Saturday.

"All The 24 boys and four girls besides a social
welfare officer were flown to Leh today. They will be handed
over to their families there", a police official told PTI.

Three persons connected with the NGO are yet to be
arrested. Some members of the NGO were also involved earlier
in conversions for which a case had been registered against
them, police said.

According to police, the members of the NGO went to
Leh to distribute aid to the victims of the cloudburst. They
forcibly brought the children here about a fortnight ago with
a view to convert them.

Those children who lost their parents in the cloud
burst would be handed over to the Ladakh Buddhist Association
which will take care of them in Leh, they said.

The children will also be given scholarships and other
benefits by the government, they added.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 15:43

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