Director of the Bihar Social Welfare Department Imamudheen Ahmed on Thursday said there was no trafficking motive in the arrival of over 500 children from Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal to orphanages in northern Kerala.

However, he said there were procedural lapses and violation of laws on the part of orphanages and those who had taken the children to Palakkad.

Mr. Ahmed was in Palakkad on Thursday along with four officials of his department to decide on the future of seven children from Bihar, lodged at a child welfare home at Pezhumkara here.

Talking to The Hindu , Mr. Ahmed said there was no element of trafficking as the children had been taken to Kerala to provide free education and better living. Mr. Ahmed said there were serious violation of child rights rules and no procedures had been followed.

Asked about the future of the children, Mr. Ahmed said the Bihar government would obey any directive from the District Child Welfare Committee of Palakkad.