Cuttack: Child Welfare Committee (CWC) conducted a raid based on a tip-off at Choudwar, Mangarajpur Good News shelter home. Of the known fifty, forty two students were rescued and the transferred to Choudwar government-run shelter home nearby so that they could appear for their exams undisturbed.
The raid was headed by CWC Chairperson Mandakini Jena. Also present were CWC members and Choudwar Police.
The shelter home was raided on December 8 last year and all the residents were handed over to their guardians. The Good News shelter home was then sealed.
CWC received information that the sealed shelter home is running again and the children are back to appear their examinations.
The shelter home’s director, Deepak Kumar Parmanik, had very cleverly rented a place to house 50 kids. Since this house was not present inside the sealed shelter home boundary he was well within his rights.
Denying knowledge of this legal loophole, Parmanik said that there are no children inside the sealed campus and he had no knowledge of the children’s location.
Meanwhile, the children’s guardians have alleged that since the children had their examinations Parmanik brought and placed the children at the rented place. He was also supposedly taking care of their fooding.
An investigation is being conducted into the matter and more details are awaited.