The six minor boys who had escaped from the state-run Apna Ghar at Merces have been traced by the Old Goa police and they have been readmitted. Old Goa police teams within few hours managed to track down 3 minors at a construction site along the Old Goa-Panaji bypass on Kadamba plateau while the 3 others were apprehended at Karmali railway station in the early hours of Wednesday.
The six juveniles had escaped on Tuesday night at around 9.45 pm. The reason for their escape is not known, police said.
Police said that there needs to be proper illumination at the compound walls and that barbed wire has to be fixed to prevent escape of juveniles. In this connection, police said that they will write to the authorities.
According to the police, the juveniles used bed sheets that were tied together to get down from the first floor to the ground floor. Then they removed window grill to move out of the building and later climbed the compound wall to escape.
Police said that the juveniles also reportedly jammed the locks of the dormitory due to which caretakers were locked inside.
After getting information, police were deployed to search the juveniles. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Panaji DySP Uttam Raut Dessai visited the spot and supervised the search operation.
During search, three juveniles were traced as they were hiding at a construction site, police said adding that during the inquiry, it was learnt that they were planning to run away to Mumbai through railway following which a trap was laid at the Karmali railway station and the other three were caught in the early morning when they were trying to board a train.
All the 6 escaped juveniles were readmitted in the Apna Ghar, Merces, informed police. Incidentally, last week 1 minor boy had escaped from the Apna Ghar. The boy is yet to be traced. The minor boy had reportedly escaped during the day time.