September 24, 2018 05:15 AM NPT
ITAHARI, Sept 24: Four children of Itahari were rescued from a bordering town of India from the clutches of suspected human traffickers.
Acting on tip off, the local police of Jogbani foiled the traffickers' effort to take the children aged between 11 to 15 years beyond the town, which lies across the border from Biratnagar.
The rescued children have been identified as Ashika Chaudhary, 15, Rubina Chaudhary, 15, Nem Narayan Chaudhary, 11, and Sarswati Chaudhary, 13, of Itahari ward-1 of Sunsari. They were handed over to the relatives after being rescued.
After being rescued, the children said they were drugged by four strangers and taken to Jogbani.
The students of Sayapatri Boarding School in Itahari narrated the story saying that they had initially gone to the home of Paras Rai, a seventh grader of the same school to return the saris used at a recent cultural program. After returning the saris, they went to Tarahara Shopping Center to buy noodles. At the meantime, the strangers– two men and two women – approached them and provided food.
“We assumed they were brothers and sisters from our own village and ate the food. When we boarded a bus, we lost sense all of a sudden,” said Sarsawati, adding, “We regained our sense only after reaching Jogbani when the rickshaw puller asked us 'where we were heading to'.
When the children narrated their story, the people informed the local police who returned them back to their home town, Itahari.