Mumbai, November 20 (Language) Mumbai Police found 164 children who went missing from various beaches in the city during Chhath Puja celebrations in 12 hours and reunited them with their families. An official gave this information on Monday.
The children, aged three to 13, had gone missing when devotees had gathered on the beaches of Juhu and Versova and suburban Santa Cruz from Sunday evening to Monday morning for Chhath Puja, the official said.
Chhath festival is mainly celebrated by the natives of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and some parts of Nepal.
“More than 3.5 lakh devotees participated in Chhath Puja programs in Juhu, Versova and Santa Cruz,” the official said.
He said that the police had made necessary arrangements to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during this period.
At least 500 police constables and 125 officers were deployed for the security of the devotees and traffic police ensured smooth movement of vehicles, the official said.
He said the police control room received information about 88 missing children in Santa Cruz, 75 in Juhu and one missing child from Sagar Kutir on Versova beach.
“All 164 missing children were found and brought to temporarily set up local control rooms,” he said. After ascertaining the identity of these children, they were reunited with their family members.