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Ranchi, June 12: Chief minister Hemant Soren today directed the state police to lodge an FIR in the Kerala trafficking cases involving children from Godda and Jamtara districts of the state.

During a high-level meeting in Ranchi, Hemant also asked senior state officials to form a SIT and a fast-track court to expedite trial in these cases.

Principal secretary (home) N.N. Pandey, welfare department’s principal secretary L. Khiangte, Hemant’s principal secretary Sukhdev Singh, social welfare secretary Rajeev Arun Ekka, director-general of police Rajeev Kumar, Godda superintendent of police Ajay Linda were present at the meeting.

The chief minister observed that if the families of those children were poor, then it was the onus of the district administrations concerned to cover them under various government schemes.

“Make proper arrangements for their (all poor children) education. If necessary think on possibilities of setting up a residential school for children from minority communities,” the chief minister directed the officials.

A senior official, who was privy to the meeting, said, “The chief minister has taken the matter very seriously. During the meeting, he sought to know under what circumstances such a large number of children between 3 and 11 years were taken outside Jharkhand. He has issued directives to all district administrations and railway officials of vulnerable stations to maintain strict vigil to avert recurrence of such incidents.”

Later, speaking to The Telegraph, Godda SP Linda said already an FIR had been lodged in connection with Kerala incident by the crime branch of Kerala. “A Jharkhand CID team is camping in Kerala. We will also lodge an FIR in Godda,” Linda said.

Yesterday, a group of 119 children, 75 of them girls, returned to Jasidih from Kerala where they were rescued from a railway station.