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Feb 18, 2009 at 02:41pm IST

20 children missing from Delhi's colony

New Delhi: Six teenagers have gone missing from an East Delhi colony in the last one week. Children have been going missing from this locality for many months. And while the police have registered cases of kidnapping, so far there's been no breakthrough in investigations.

Six children went missing went missing from a small colony in East Delhi on the February 10. According to the police the girls and boys -- in the age group of 14 to 16 -- left home to go for a picnic but never returned. The police have registered cases of kidnapping but have very few leads till now.

"We suspect that two couples out of the six might have eloped but we are still investigating the cases," said DCP East District, Anand Mohan.

However, the families of the missing children are divided on the issue, some say that their daughters were forced to elope, while others suspect foul play.

"I am sure that Deep Chand only asked my daughters to elope," said father of a missing girl Biju Singh.

"I don't know where my daughters went. I just hope they come back soon," said another parent of missing children, Amir Mohammed.

Sources say that more than a 100 children had gone missing from East Delhi in 2009. Police officials say that a majority of them fell under the category of those who had eloped and very few of them had actually been kidnapped.

But residents of the area feel otherwise, workers from a local NGO say that almost 20 children have gone missing from the very same colony since 2002.

"We only hope that there is no organised gang indulging in organ trade," said a resident, Raj Kumar Dhina.

While police officials say there is no organised gang operating in the area, residents only hope that its not the makings of another Nithari.