A six-member team of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Kerala police arrived in Malda district on Tuesday to probe the flight of children from certain areas of the district to orphanages in Kerala.

The officials of the Kerala police met senior district officials before leaving for the areas from where the children had gone to Kerala.

According to State government officials, 123 children from four blocks in the district were admitted to two institutions in Kerala.

While 58 children were rescued and brought back to the State earlier this month, about 65 of them are still there.

Parents want return

Parents of a majority of the remaining children now want their children to return.

They are alleging that the orphanages, which had promised free education, are not properly taking care of the children.

“The Kerala CID has registered a case in Kerala and has already arrested four persons in this regard. They have come here to collect certain evidence related to the case,” Superintendent of Police, Malda, Prasun Banerjee, told The Hindu over phone.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Malda district, Hasan Ali Shah, said the process has been started to bring back the remaining children from Kerala.

The children are primarily lodged at Arawarul Huda Complex at Veetathur in Kerala’s Malappuram and AMUP School at Koduvathur in the same district, according to the district officials

“Some parents have submitted applications to the CWC and some more are likely to submit in the next few days,” Mr. Shah told this correspondent.

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