Four children who went missing from Alathur reach Pollachi; search continues


The CCTV footage of the children

Palakkad: The police officers are still searching for the four students who went missing from Alathur. The students left Alathur on November 3. After confirming that the four students of class 9 had arrived in Tamil Nadu, police teams from Alathur and Palakkad launched search operation in various parts of the neighbouring state.

Of the four missing children, two are twin sisters. All of them are studying in the same class. One of them had a mobile phone but it has been switched off since the third day of the disappearance. The twin girls were wearing jeans and t-shirt when they went missing but they later changed clothes. The boys were wearing shirts and jeans. One was wearing a light green shirt and the other was wearing a green shirt with a design on it.

The families came to know about the incident about two hours after they left home. The parents then lodged a complaint with the Alathur police. The police concluded that the students first went to Palakkad. Some people saw students walking towards Swathi junction on Alathur National Highway.

Police also collected CCTV footages from the Palakkad bus stand. Police assumed that they might have boarded bus from Palakkad and escaped to Tamil Nadu via Gopalapuram. Police have confirmed that the children reached Pollachi on Saturday, but could not find them even after searching all over the place.

The police also assumed that the escape was pre-planned because the students had taken some money from their houses. According to the police, the children behaved in a way that no one suspected them. Also, police got the information that the children are just wandering around and have no other motives behind the trip.

As all of them are just 14 years old, it is difficult to get accommodation in lodges. But there are many illegal homestays in Tamil Nadu that provide accommodation. It is highly dangerous for children to wander like this and the police are trying to find them out as soon as possible, Alathur CI Riyaz Chakkeeri told Mathrubhumi.com.

Anyone who finds or receives any information about the children are requested to contact any of these numbers - 9497987151, 9497980600, 9497963023.

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