Twenty-eight children, hailing from Leh, were rescued here by the police and six members of an NGO were arrested for allegedly kidnapping them, a senior official said on Sunday.

“Twenty-eight children of Leh, below 14 years of age, who had been forcibly brought here by an NGO, were rescued by the police from a hostel here yesterday [Saturday],” the police officer told PTI. While six members of the NGO have been arrested, three others are absconding, police said, adding a case of kidnapping has been registered against them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The children, 24 boys and four girls, were rescued after a police team carried out a raid at the hostel taken on rent by the NGO at Dograhall area of the city, police said.

After initially being taken into police custody, the children have been shifted to the State government's Ladakh hostel on the direction of the State Juvenile Board from where they will be handed over to their parents and the Ladakh Buddhist Association. — PTI