SIALKOT: The Sialkot Cantt, police have busted a well organized inter-district gang of nomad people involved in making children beggars after their abduction. The police have also recovered as many as eight children, made beggar after their abduction and indulged into the curse of begging by some nomad families, as the children were kept their in nomad cottages along various roads in Sialkot Cantt here today.
SP Investigation Sialkot Asad Sarfraz Khan told the newsmen that on a tip off, the Cantt police raided on the nomad cottages located along the busy roads in Sialkot Cantt and recovered as many as eight children, which had been made beggars and forcibly got indulged into begging after their abduction by the nomads. These children-turned-beggars were in very miserable condition. Three such other children were shifted to Govt. Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot due to their critical mental and physical condition. All the children were brutally tortured by the accused nomads for less begging as per their daily routine.
The children had lost their recognition and they had been given their nick names against their original names.
SP Investigation Sialkot added that the police have also arrested as many as 27 nomad accused including 14 female nomads directly or indirectly involved in this illegal and nasty practice.
The accused were produced before the newsmen, who confessed that they used to kidnap the minor children from Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur, Shakargarh, Narowal, Wazirabad, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahaud Din, Gujranwala , Lahore and surrounding areas and later they forced them for begging after forcibly damaging their different body parts. A special task of begging income was daily given to these begging children under the supervision of their special monitors. These children used to beg in different residential, commercial, industrial and posh areas of Sialkot city and Sialkot Cantt as well.
The children were not in good health due to food paucity, as they were also mostly kept hungry or given less foods as per their desire and hunger there. The accused also confessed to sell and buy these children, what they said, their assets, to the other companions of this gang in other parts of the Punjab, as well.
These recovered children would soon be handed over to Child Protection Bureau Sialkot, which would make contacts to locate the families of these children, SP added.
Sialkot Cantt Police have registered a case No. 599/2013 under section 9/10 Punjab Vagrancy Act 1958 and 336 PNC Act 2007 and sent the accused behind the bars.