The boys, all 17-year-olds, went missing from the Government Children’s Home and Special Home at Poojappura in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

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news Crime Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:01

Four inmates of the Government Children’s Home and Special Home at Poojappura in Thiruvananthapuram district went missing on Tuesday. The officials of the children’s home found out that boys, all 17-year-olds, have been missing since 12.30 pm.

Poojappura police have started a probe to find the missing inmates.

The Government Children’s Home and Special Home is set up exclusively for boys under the Social Justice department. According to the information on the Social Justice department website, the inmates belong to the ‘children in conflict with law’ category and are in the 5-18 years age group.

According to officials at the Poojappura police station, though it was discovered that the students were missing since 12.30 pm, the officials of the home informed the police only around 4.30 pm.

Meanwhile, the officials of the institution said that the four missing boys were last seen during lunch time on Tuesday. “The four of them were standing at the end of the queue. But all of a sudden they were missing. Some staff in the institution later said that they saw the boys running away towards the road. We informed the police about the incident at once,” an official of the institution told TNM.

Two out of the four missing boys study in a nearby government school. Excluding the missing four, there are 46 inmates in the children’s home at present.

According to the officials of the home, such incidents have happened in the past occasionally. “Most of them who go missing are usually new to the home and accustomed to living on their own. But in the recent case, only one of them was newly admitted here, the other three were staying here for quite a while,” the official said.

She also added that the inmates had not brought up any issues even during the inspection conducted by the district judge two days ago.



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