Kozhikode: One of the two youths arrested in the missing case of inmates of Kozhikode Children's Home escaped from the Chevayoor police station on Saturday. He was later nabbed by the police from the city.
Kodungallur native Febin Rafi escaped through the backside of the station. Though police searched the premises immediately, it was unfruitful. The force then beefed up the operation.
Febin and co-accused Tom Thomas are charged under the POCSO Act and Juvenile Justice Act. The accused were brought back to the station after medical check-ups.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress workers organised a protest march to the police station against the lapse of the officers.
The girls told police that the men tried to abuse them physically and made them drink alcohol forcefully. With this, the two youngsters involved in the incident will figure in the accused list. The case will be charged under the Juvenile Justice Act and the POCSO act. The girls will appear before the court on Saturday.
The girls went missing from the children's home during the Republic Day celebrations and were later found in Bangalore. Police found in the investigation that the youngsters had booked a room for the girls in Madiwala in Bengaluru. Police arrested a girl near the hotel in Madiwala while she was trying to flee, another one from Mandya in Mysore and four others from Edakkara in Malappuram.
According to police, the girls had gone to Nilambur to meet the young men. Police are investigating whether the girls ran away from the children's home due to their compulsion. The girls told police that they took a bus from Kozhikode to Palakkad on Wednesday evening and then boarded a train to Bangalore. Initially, they told the police that they had gone to see places in Bengaluru. However, the girls had no cash or mobile phones with them.