At least 9 people were booked for kidnapping children by Ratlam Government Railway Police on Tuesday. The accused were taking 60 tribal children to Nagpur. They were booked under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act.
Nine accused including two women were detained at Ratlam railway station by the Railway Protection Force. Reportedly, GRP received complaints about suspicious movement of the tribal children. The rescued children have been directed to shelter homes in Ratlam and Jaora.
The GRP Police Station in-charge, Abhishek Gautam, told Indian Express that police had been sent to Nagpur and Jhabua for authentication as the claimed that the kids were being taken to take part in a summer camp.
“The parents were under the impression that their children were going to attend a camp but the actual purpose of the Nagpur visit was to read the Bible. There was a mismatch in the statements given by the accused,” GRP SP Krishnaveni Desavatu said on Tuesday.
The incident comes after the arrest of two persons from Indore on similar charges. They were taking 11 children to Nagpur. Altogether, 11 persons have been detained and 71 tribal children rescued from Ratlam and Indore until now.